艺术有瘾 _ 无厘头艺术？抓马？恶作剧？What a joke.
An abstract paiting made by a monkey, faked photos, an artwork that destroys itself…Great occasion to remember that artists are not the last when it comes to deceiving and joking. Here are a few actual art stories that happened. Sometimes, truth is stranger and funnier than fiction.
News of Danish artist Jens Haaning went viral when he purportedly ‘took the money and ran’. Global arts media picked up on Haaning’s prankster antics, when he delivered two blank canvases to Kunsten Museum –located in Aalborg.
Haaning titled the pair of paintings, Take the Money and Run, pushing the work into a realm that many artists have flirted with over time –social commentary veiled with humour.
Jens Haaning, An Average Austrian Year Income,2007
Jens Haaning, An Average Danish Annual Income
起因是丹麦奥尔堡昆斯滕现代艺术博物馆委托 Jens Haaning 重现他在 2010 年代创作的两件早期作品，《丹麦人的平均年收入》和《奥地利人的平均年收入》，它们于 2007 年首次展出，代表了奥地利人和丹麦人的年工资工人们将成堆的克朗和欧元钞票装裱起来。博物馆向艺术家提供了 532,549 丹麦克朗（约合 84,000 美元）用于制作复制品。当被要求退钱并履行合同时，艺术家说：“如果我不退钱，这只是一件艺术品。”
The Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg in Denmark commissioned Jens Haaning to reproduce two of his earlier pieces made in the 2010s, An Average Danish Annual Income and An Average Austrian Annual Income, first exhibited in 2007 where he represented the annual wages of Austrian and Danish workers by framing piles of kroner and euro bills. The museum provided the artist with 532,549 Danish kroner (approximately $84,000) to use in creating the reproductions. When asked to return the money and fulfill the contract the artist said: “This is only a piece of art if I don’t return the money.”
Jens Haaning’s artwork “Take the Money and Run” is seen in the Kunsten Musem of Modern Art. The empty canvas was meant to hold thousands of dollars in cash. Niels Fabaek/Kunsten Museum of Modern Art
延斯·哈宁的作品《拿了钱就跑》在现代艺术博物馆展出。空白的画布本应容纳数千美元的现金。Niels Fabaek/Kunsten 现代艺术博物馆
Artists turned pranksters are on the rise, using social media’s ‘viral’ capacity to tout deeper message in veil of fun. The art world is also abuzz with speculation that Haaning had a Zoom call with Maurizio Cattelan (creator of the duct-taped banana artwork) and David Datuna (consumer of the duct-taped banana artwork), where the trio discussed ways to stir the art community further, and make vast sums of money in the process.
MSCHF at work on “Severed Spots.” Courtesy of MSCHF.
The offbeat brand-cum-art collective known as MSCHF is cutting up a Damien Hirst work and putting it up for auction as an act of protest against investors who buy fractions of pricy artworks.
The Brooklyn-based artists and designers behind MSCHF purchased a $30,000 Damien Hirst spot print and cut out all 88 of its dots. Starting today, they’re selling the dots for $480 each. Meanwhile, the original print, now just a piece of paper with 88 holes and Hirst’s signature, is up for auction for a minimum of $126,500.
他们此举是想宣告：“在艺术界取得成功的关键是：营销！但他们最臭名昭著的可能是“耶稣鞋”——这是一系列定制的耐克Air Max 97鞋，鞋底注有约旦河的圣水。每双售价为1425美元。
“The key to runaway art world success is: merchandising!” reads the manifesto for the project, titled Severed Spots. Perhaps the most infamous of the bunch, though, is “Jesus Shoes”—a series of custom Nike Air Max 97s with holy water from the River Jordan in the soles. They went for $1,425 per pair.
Natty Light’s “art installation.” Courtesy of Natural Light. Courtesy of Natural Light.
The Cheapo Beer Brand Natural Light Says Its New Marketing Stunt Is the Most Expensive Artwork of All Time.
That campaign, titled Da Vinci of Debt, is made up of a suspended mass of 2,600 authentic college diplomas provided by real college graduates across the US.
Confused? The idea is that, with the cost of an average four-year college education at about $180,000, the cumulative value of the diploma display rings in at near $470 million, surpassing the cost of the record-shatter in Salvator Mundi.
The brand is now in the fourth year of a 10-year, $10 million commitment to distribute $1 million annually to students and graduates “who are weighed down by the burden of debt,” said Daniel Blake. “College debt is one of the most important social issues in the country today, more than 45 million Americans have college debt. The total debt amount is more than $1.7 trillion and is continuing to grow. We felt strongly about putting a stake in the ground and supporting those people who really need it.”
One of the first English-language Pokémon cards ever produced, a Blastoise foil card with a blank back, has sold for $360,000 at Heritage Auctions, Dallas. Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions, Dallas.
This Pokémon First Edition Base Set Sealed Booster Box (Wizards of the Coast, 1999)
Did your mother make you throw out your old Pokémon cards? Now you have an opportunity to show her that they really could have been worth a lot of money one day.
An unopened first edition set of Pokémon cards just fetched a world record $408,000 at the “Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction” sale at Heritage Auctions in Dallas.
Released in 1999 by game publisher Wizards of the Coast, the original run of US Pokémon cards featured 102 cards, including the coveted Charizard, the powerful dragon-like final form of the fire Pokémon Charmander. The record-setting auction lot is a sealed box of first edition cards featuring 36 booster packs of 11 cards each, or 396 cards total, all of which are in “gem mint” condition (the highest classification), according to the auction house.
“Due to their low print run, these box sets have become extremely scarce, especially those still in the original sealed state,” wrote Heritage. “It is considered the pinnacle of Pokémon box collecting.”The auction featured 16 lots of Pokémon collectibles, collectively accounting for more than $1.3 million in sales.
A screenshot from the landing page for “Blue Check Homes.”Danielle Baskin / @djbaskin
San Francisco Artist’s ‘Blue Check Homes’ Spoof Hits a Nerve — a made-up designation to signify an “authentic public figure” life at a residence. Applications rolled in after the artist’s Twitter announcement for an architectural emblem to showcase on a home’s facade.
Danielle Baskin set up a website for the fake service, drawing traffic from thousands of retweets of her post, and the thread quickly garnered over 40 million impressions. While the artist figured her descriptive copy was “obviously satire,” 495 applicants soon sought the crest.
A screenshot from the landing page for artist Danielle Baskin’s “Blue Check Homes.”Danielle Baskin / @djbaskin
San Francisco’s iconic Victorian homes were an inspiration for the project. Baskin noticed that some historic structures sported a heraldic crest and went on to research if the significance was more than decorative. Musing about their meaning, a tweet reminded her that Twitter gives a blue check to verified accounts of public figures. Her project was then born.
A disclaimer greets users who read to the bottom of the homepage: “For context, I’m an artist who makes random internet jokes that sometimes pokes fun of “let’s turn this into a service” culture, internet vanity culture, and terrible capitalist ideas. Historically, decorative crests found on Victorian homes were a mark to signal wealth and importance and I thought it would be dumb if that concept also existed today. But if it existed today, would you need to be verified by a third party to signal status?
Diego Velázquez, “Self-Portrait,” c. 1650 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Public domain)
For a truly a dedicated prankster, we suggest hosting a dinner party with furniture by Franz West and putting up signs that read: “Installation: Do Not Sit.” West defines his furniture as sculpture and plays with the question, what is design and what is art? He succeeds at blending both disciplines by making something that is normally straightforward into something abstract and ambiguous. See if your friends play into the trick and ask where the installation is, then watch them struggle to eat dinner while standing.
 Artnet News. “For April Fool’s Day, Here Are 12 Art News Stories from the Past Year That Sound like Jokes but Are Actually Real.” Artnet News, 1 Apr. 2021, https://news.artnet.com/art-world/april-fools-stories-1956246.
 Sablińska, Zosia. “Redefining Conceptual Art – a Metaphorical Blank Canvas of Jens Haaning.” Business & Arts, 13 Oct. 2021, https://businessandarts.net/blog/blank-canvas-of-jens-haaning.
 “San Francisco Artist’s ‘Blue Check Homes’ Spoof Hits a Nerve.” ArtfixDaily, https://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2021/02/03/4707-san-francisco-artists-blue-check-homes-spoof-hits-a-nerve.