January 6, 2006
A French artist has just attacked Duchamp’s Fountain with a hammer, slightly chipping the prize-winning urinal. He “claimed the hammer attack was a work of performance art.” The police have not released the man’s name, but press accounts note that in 1993 he relieved himself into what would later be voted the greatest piece of modern art, when it was on loan to a museum in Nimes. In fact, the person who did that hammered Fountain back then, too. Pierre Pinoncelli, j’accuse.
- Did Pinoncelli purchase his hammer at a store or create it himself? Which would have been better?
- Why did he attack the urinal, instead of the institution of the museum which surrounds it?
- Did he use the hand whose little finger he had severed with an axe in an art museum in 2002?
- It is possible to ever think of the phrase “digital art” again without recalling that 2002 incident?