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Post #357 • August 31, 2004, 6:34 AM • 1 Comment

From the Beeb: Cleaner bins rubbish bag artwork.

A bag of rubbish that was part of a Tate Britain work of art has been accidentally thrown away by a cleaner. The bag filled with discarded paper and cardboard was part of a work by Gustav Metzger, said to demonstrate the "finite existence" of art.

Looks like he succeeded. You know what the computer people say: garbage in, garbage out.




August 31, 2004, 6:20 PM

I guess this is what is called "closure" these days.

The more imaginative response, of course, would have been to document the incident and include it as part of the piece, but the guardians at the gates of True Art, like eunuchs, are purged of imagination as a condition of employment.

Or perhaps the whole thing was staged, in which case I do them a great injustice.

The article goes on to say:

"It is not the first time such a mistake has been made. In 2001 a cleaner at London's Eyestorm Gallery cleared away an installation by artist Damien Hirst, having mistaken it for a pile of rubbish."


SOS, Dave Barry. It's time for another one of your art columns.



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