You should invest in a can of this artist's poop


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/09/15/you-should-invest-in-a-can-of.html


#2

The only thing this proves is that rich people are idiots who don’t know anything about art.

So more power to artists who take advantage of them, to be honest.


#3

Remember: not all cans of shit go up in value. Some do go down.

Also Manzoni’s cans are a headache for museum preservationists who have multiple reasons for keeping the damned things in pristine condition.


#4

The next step is for someone to secretly open one of the cans and substitute the contents with something of equivalent weight. (Something symbolic, of course – shredded tax returns, maybe.) Then, both the original contents and the doctored tin** will become even more valuable artworks in their own right. Wealth creation!

** “Or is it really doctored? We’d have to open it to find out! It’s a mystery!


#5

#6

Not likely that these people are being fleeced. More often than not art collecting is an easy way to launder money or move money around without raising suspicions. Which is a pretty common occurrence and is why you see stupid art pieces sell for preposterous amounts.


#7

that can… that jar. nope.


#8


#9

It was easier to pass before it was in the can.

I’ll show myself out now.


#10

So someone got there long before Apple.

The old half joke about how Steve Jobs could crap in a box and hardcore Apple fanboys would buy it looks even less jokey now. That’d be super collectible - but how do you deal with not being able to buy a new model every year?


#11

Or see the Adam Ruins bit.


#12

And then there’s this guy, who sculpts self portrait busts in his own blood. One of these very expensive pieces came to a “sticky” end;
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/2093053.stm


#13

Art novices should beware of crafty counterfeits


#14

OMG! How could you ever tell that from the original?


#15

Apparently it’s not even shit. He admitted in a later interview that the whole shitting part became too laborious so most of the tins contain plaster. (can’t be bothered to find the source righ tnow.)


#16

Don’t buy it. After more than 50 years, it’s probably gone bad.


#17

Just saying, Celebrity Fecal Transplants.


#18

And to think, I just flush my wealth down the toilet


#19

Someone really had to use “the can”…


#20

I’m more interested in complex artist’s shit based derivatives.