Friday, June 11, 2010

WTF Art

Yes, this is a sculpture of Stephen Hawking.

Jake and Dinos Chapman, Ubermensch, 1995


Jake and Dinos Chapman (b. 1966 and b. 1962)
Übermensch
fibreglass, resin, paint, rhinestone, wig and glasses
144 x 72 x 72in. (366 x 183 x 183cm.)
Executed in 1995
Estimate: £250,000 - £350,000 ($361,250 - $505,750)


Christies, London, Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale, June 30, 2010, Sale 7860, Lot 44


My first reaction to this piece of sculpture was WTF (hence the title of this post). If you want to learn more about this sculpture, read these notes.


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41 comments:

Dancing Branflake said...

Oh no. Oh no no no no no. If I saw this at someone's apartment I would run.

Heather said...

Why you gotta put the poor man on top of a cliff? Don't you know he can't move? That's just wrong.

I was thinking "Oh crap, save the genius!"

anita @ a dreamer's den said...

total WTF.

Rebecca @ Diary of a Virgin Novelist said...

Hahaha. Check out this exhibit at MOMA in NY last year. It is completely WTF.

http://www.prettyinthecity.com/blog/2009/12/22/dear-moma.html

TERI REES WANG said...

I think it's a good rendition of him.

Brown Girl said...

That was my same reaction when I looked at it! But it's kinda cool.

Alisa said...

Hawking and Nietzsche, this is one existential sculpture!

...love Maegan said...

my first reaction was BAHAHAHAHAHA ...looks like he's surfing on a fist.

...awe, reading the comments, people don't want to be mean ahahah... that's nice, but this is about the artist's work, not Hawking. bwahahahaha although it is right on.

Chessa! said...

WTF is right! seriously...WTF?

Hanako66 said...

yeeeeea, bizarre

Caroline said...

I LOVE this! Gotta read the rationale behind the artist. It makes a lot of sense. This is why I love art...there is much more than what you see at the surface!

todayandeveryday said...

You really do need the "cliff" notes [no pun intended, or maybe it was~that is my own piece of WTF] to understand this piece. Then you kind of go, "ooohhhhh". Still, I wouldn't pay money for it.
~Dawn

Caroline said...

OMG....your blog header!!! LMFAO!!!!

Iva said...

Arg I can barely see the new layout!!! But from what I can see it's fabulous!! (I'm on my phone) sorry!!

Ummm what is this??? Ohhh art. So many ways to see things!

Have a great weekend!

Kitty Stampede said...

i love WTF EVERYTHING!!! this is just wrong but oh so funny right.

Holy SHITE, your new header is FRAKKING AWESOME. Lucky Betch. It's epic just like your blog. I attempted changing my blog format but got some damn frusterated cause things weren't lining up etc etc...i'll have to give it a go again. i wish you could literally click and drag everthing, HTML is such a pain the ass. it doesn't always work out.

I hope you have a killer weekend!
i'm gonna see these buddies in my dream, i love it...good vs evil laser fighting ass kitties!

WendyB said...

Exactly what I've been looking for to brighten up my living room.

Cheryl said...

Damn! If stuff like that is selling why not mine?

Would not want that in my home, btw.

Nina said...

looooove your new header...and u should come to TO for a visit!!

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Brooke said...

First-LOVE the new header and layout.

Second-I agree, WTF? I can't come up with anything else. Poor Stephen Hawking. He looks distressed. Or does he always look like that? This is so wrong. Hahaha

Kathryn said...

At least you can tell what it is, although I don't understand why anyone would want to display it.

At a company I used to work for had a huge display that looked like a giant dirty mop head that I was told they bought for $80,000.

E said...

I would like nothing more to have a giant mansion just so I could put this in the entry way and welcome people, completely straight-faced.

十十f十 said...

cute header! i kinda miss your old blogskin but it's still nice :)

pixelhazard said...

wtf? I attemted to understand and got bored

+ kitty doom = love!

Addict said...

Seriously WTF?? Anyway I love your new header, two cats fighting it out, rising above us mere mortals heh heh, it's funny.


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Raez said...

LOL this looks like the guy in the wheelchair knows he is on top of a terrible statue and just wants to commit suicide!

xx raez

vint junky said...

Firstly, I love the blog makeover!1
secondly... WTF!!!

The Zhush said...

Your art finds are some of my favorite posts over here! And what is going on the header! Scared me! but in a really good way! :)

Christiejolu said...

Love the new header!

Steven Hawkins is a trip for me...His ideas creep me out...But I think this sculpture freaks me out more....

S and O said...

hahahaha that was my first reaction too :)
totally creepy, lol.

xoxo
Olivia

p.s. cool new header!

Gabbi said...

so cool, yet slightly wrong?

hadn't been here in awhile i guess? so i hadn't seen the new header! that's just the awesomest thing ever...!!

the spectator said...

WTF - a very apt title!!

Your new header has a cat-alysmic feel >*<.

the spectator said...

Whoops! That should be cat-aclysmic. (Ithink)

Jennifer DeDonato said...

That is so weird...Im sure someone will spend that much for it. Oh, I went to see Exit Through The Gift Shop and it was really good. Thanks for the heads up.

Asylum Dolly said...

Tee hee. Politically incorrect as it is, i find it kinda funny :)
There is actually a great deal of technical skill going on...but yeah, wtf is right!
A few months ago i went to see an exhibition of the sculptor Ron Muik . Um..muek? Shit, i can't remember how to spell his name:S But they were hyper realistic, only REALLY huge, or really small. I have no idea how they do it.

Asylum Dolly said...

Oh- p.s. Nice renovations you've done here- loving those kitties of DOOM up there! Thumbs up!

Nathalie said...

This was my first reaction, too. Have to read about the background...
*Nathalie

The Seeker said...

Not really my style.. lol

But I love your header!!!!!

Luv

xoxo

tulpen said...

Love what you've done with the place!!

My first reaction to his fucked up piece of *art* was, 'I bet Mr. Hawking would totally dig it.'

asweetcakes said...

Whoa!!! That's harsh harsh harsh. who would want that in their house- in full view??

Your new design is really cool :)

Sam said...

Oh my gawd! AND! Your new header just makes me squeeeeek with delight!!! Awesome city! :0)

frenchie said...

right.someone needs to take their pills here. either the "artist" or me...
not getting that and thx for the link to the explanation but i'm taking the risk to look utterly uncool or too snob, but i'll pass!
xo