In 1917, French artist Marcel Duchamp purchased a urinal and submitted it to the Society of Independent Artists as his own work of art. This is said to have “changed art forever.” To this day, artists continue to scam fools by retelling minor variations on Duchamp’s lame joke. The latest iteration is an artwork by Italy’s Salvatore Garau, which sold for $18,000 despite not existing.
If Duchamp was right that anything can be art, then it stands to reason that nothing can be art. So that’s what Garau creates. A recent sculpture is entitled, “I Am.”
Italy 24 News reports:
The work was sold for 15 thousand euros in the auction organized by Art-Rite, one of the rare Italian auction houses that deals with “sessions” dedicated exclusively to contemporary art.
For the money, the buyer got a certificate of ownership of the nonexistent artwork.
The immaterial sculptures by Salvatore Garau – who had already exhibited his installation “Buddha in contemplation” last February in Piazza della Scala in Milan – “have a new historical value and represent a perfect metaphor of our days”, reads a note. The work “is completely invisible and cannot, therefore, be reproduced on the network. Not to mention that Garau’s intangible works have zero environmental impact”.
Garau explains his work to those who don’t have a college degree in art appreciation:
“The void is nothing but a space full of energy, and even if we empty it and nothing remains, according to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle that nothingness has a weight. It therefore has energy that condenses and transforms itself into particles, in short, in us! When I decide to “exhibit” an immaterial sculpture in a given space, that space will concentrate a certain quantity and density of thoughts in a precise point, creating a sculpture that from my title alone will take the most varied forms.”
The effect of moonbattery on Western art is now complete. First it insulted and debased art (e.g., Duchamp). Then it rendered art incompetent (e.g., Jackson Pollock, Jean Dubuffet, Willem de Kooning). Now it has erased art altogether. It is likely to have a similar effect on every other aspect of civilization.
This could be good news when it comes to the federal government. After the debasement of Obama and the incompetence of Biden, maybe it will disappear altogether, leaving us with only state and local governments, from which we might actually derive some benefit.
On tips from Franco and ABC of the ANC.
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