The following ARE NOT a part of my 100 paintings and artist should know and are presented as examples of important modern art.
The Fountain; submitted but not actually shown to an exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists.It is a commercially produced urinal, laid on its back. The original was lost, but it's maker (finder?) Marcel Duchamp created a number of replicas that were exhibited in the 50's and 1960's . These are on display at the Tate Museum, The San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art, at the Pompidou Center in Paris and at the Philadelphia Musuem of art. In 1999 one of these replicas brought 1.7 million dollars at a Sothebys auction. 500 top art experts in England voted it the most important work of art of the twentieth century.
Above is pictured a can of well.......artist's fecal matter. Done by Italian artist Piero Manzoni in 1961. It is one of an edition of ninety and brought 124,000 Euros at auction in 2007. One of the cans while displayed at the Randers Museum in Denmark began to leak. Evidently the smell was horrific. The collector who owned it was furious and the museum although insisting the work leaked in their possession only by coincidence, had it carefully restored. Ultimately the collector was paid 50,00 Euros and the museum kept the can of well........................
My Bed, an installation by Tracy Emin was exhibited at the Tate in London. It is her actual bed and other items brought as they were in her home and reassembled in the gallery. The objects include used condoms, bloody undergarments and her slippers. The piece was sold to Charles Saatchi for 150,00 Euros. It was shown in his gallery and then installed in a special room in his own home.( I suppose its lovely, but it simply won't go with the Hepplewhite, Mr. Saatchi!)
Woman III by Wilhelm DeKooning . Dekooning was presented the National Medal of Honor for his contribution to art, by President Lyndon Johnson. This painting was sold for 137 million dollars.