Do you figure your Number Two’s are worth their weight in gold?
I recently read about Italian artist Piero Manzoni and, well, let’s turn over to Wikipedia for an explanation of his art:
In May 1961 Manzoni created 90 small cans, sealed with the text Merda d’Artista. Each 30 gram can was priced by weight based on the current value of gold (around $1.12 a gram in 1960). The contents of the cans remain a much-disputed enigma, since opening them would destroy the value of the artwork.
The most recent can to be auctioned, #19, sold on 26th February 2007 in the USA for $80,000.
$80,000 for a can of Italian shIt from an Italian artist. That dates from 40-odd years ago.
“It is a joke, a parody of the art market, and a critique of consumerism and the waste it generates.” Stephen Bury.
Couldn’t have said it better myself 😉
For a humourous take on this, check out today’s Wulfmorgenthaler comic.