Monday, March 28, 2005

Do you want to hang your art in a major museum?

Ever wonder how some stuff got chosen to hang in major museums? While I've never thought I can do that, I have wondered who is sometimes making the choice of what hangs and what doesn't. Well, seems I'm not alone.

Check this out. A British artist decided to just walk into museums and hang his own work!

As reported by Reuters,
A British graffiti artist who goes by the name "Banksy" went one step further, by smuggling in his own picture of a soup can and hanging it on a wall, where it stayed for more than three days earlier this month before anybody noticed.

The prank was part of a coordinated plan to infiltrate four of New York's top museums on a single day.

The largest piece, which he smuggled into the Brooklyn Museum, was a 2 foot by 1.5 foot (61cm by 46 cm) oil painting of a colonial-era admiral, to which the artist had added a can of spray paint in his hand and anti-war graffiti in the background.

The other two targets were the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, where he hung a glass-encased beetle with fighter jet wings and missiles attached to its body...
I heard this guy interviewed on NPR last week and thought it sounded ballsy.

And I'm wondering why they took his work down.

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