James Ensor at the Getty Museum

the scandalous art of james ensor

The Scandalous Art of James Ensor has opened at the J. Paul Getty Museum in California. More than 100 paintings and drawings will be on display, including the Getty’s own Ensor masterpiece, Christ’s Entry Into Brussels in 1889. It’s a look at the bizarre and most interesting period of the Belgian artist’s work, where everything’s strange and everyone’s ugly. Shit happens in them, sometimes literally, they zing with energy, and then his work mellows to almost boring.Continue Reading

The Blake Prize Finalists for 2013

toothed vagina

The finalists for the 62nd Blake Prize in Australia have been announced. It’s supposed to be a prize that explores religious and spiritual ideas in art but it’s probably more about who can be the most shocking and vulgar. Being the shit stirrers that a lot of artists are, it’s a great opportunity to share vaginas with teeth, boys masturbating each other and a whole bunch of other wanking good fun with a wider audience. Continue Reading

Seriously, Who Buys This Stuff?

crap art

Coming from a person that thinks art is everything, everywhere.. who buys this crap? I probably have the most varied taste in art that I know of, but I still shake my head when I see some of the contemporary art auctions at Chris-theby’s. I can appreciate a Damien Hirst spot painting, a Jeff Koons balloon sculpture, and a Tracey Emin neon sign, but even I have my limits. I love ugly art, childish art, offensive art, and stupid art. I wouldn’t hang any of these on my wall though.  Continue Reading

Piero Manzoni’s Shit and all things Poop

Over at the Artopia blog is an interesting post on shit. I don’t know why it’s interesting to me and I probably should stop mentioning shit on this blog before I develop some kind of shit fetish. I just thought I should point it out as John Perreault has obviously spent some time thinking about the topic.Continue Reading

Cloaca Shit to be Auctioned at Sotheby’s

An item of interest in Sotheby’s upcoming London auction on the 6th of February is a piece of shit, literally. It’s called CLOACA FAECES (NEW YORK, 26.01.2002, 2.30 P.M.) by the Belgian artist Wim Delvoye. It was created by his shit making machine that I mentioned a while ago.Continue Reading

That Ain’t Shock Art, This is Shock Art! – Alexander Brener

Arts editor Tom from Spoonfed in the UK recently went to a lecture at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London to hear a talk called “Violence to Endurance: Extreme Curating.”

I’ll let him explain what happened during the lecture..
“Periodically they are interrupted by a 50-year old man with a thick Russian accent saying ‘Bullshit, this is not shocking.’ Then, this man stands up and walks to the front of the room (it’s not far – he’s sitting on the front row). He undoes his belt, drops his trousers and takes a shit into his own hand. He does his trousers and belt up, walks up to the man in the centre of the panel and deposits the shit in his glass. He then sits back down, a slight look of triumph on his face.” Continue Reading

Knitted Poo Invites

Tired of your glossy printed exhibition invitations being ignored by your local arts reporters? Why not send them some poo?! Some knitted poo!Continue Reading

Blocks of Poop by Santiago Sierra

The Spanish / Mexican artist Santiago Sierra has managed to create another piece of tasty bait for the media, with his exhibition of human excrement at London’s Lisson Gallery. The 21 blocks of shit each measure 215 x 75 x 20cm and was collected by “scavengers” in New Delhi and Jaipur, India.Continue Reading

Shit Art – Cloaca Machine

I was just watching a program about the Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye. It got me thinking about what art really is. It’s a question that is asked so much that it can become boring even thinking about it. But his Cloaca machine forced me to ask myself what art is again.Continue Reading