Piece Of Art Or Piece Of Shit?


Before you decide which way you’re going to decide, here’s a little background on the sculpture in question:

Chinese artist Chen Wenling critiques the global financial crisis in What You See Might Not Be Real, on display at a Beijing gallery. The bull is said to represent Wall Street, while the man pinned to the wall represents jailed financier Bernard Madoff.

Thanks to Blame it on the Voices for supplying the info, and Emergency Exit for the original story.

For what I believe is the first time ever, I’m going to say this is a piece of art. Even if it was a piece of shit, it would be like the Dogs Playing Poker kind of art – truly ugly, but anyone would be proud to hang it in their rumpus room (haha *rumpus room*).

It’s too bad though that the artist couldn’t expand on his sculpture and have the bull gore Geithner, Bernanke, the Fed, Goldman Sachs, AIG, etc, and successive Republican and Democratic administrations that have knowingly and willingly destroyed the American economy. Maybe Chen Wenling can work on that.

 What say you – Is this a piece of art, or a piece of crap?

14 Responses to “Piece Of Art Or Piece Of Shit?”

  1. tfhr Says:

    Either way, if it is from China, it will be available at your local Walmart. Maybe on an end cap or at the checkout. I can’t say for sure about Canadian Tire – it’s been a long time since I’ve been through one of those.

  2. Chris Taylor Says:

    My vote is “crap” but very, very well-executed. Neck and torso compression as a result of impact, and that space-shuttle-like plume of flatulence propelling the thing. If I could fart with that much thrust I’d sell the car and save a lot of money.

  3. mare Says:

    Can’t it be both?

  4. Woody Says:

    A more appropriate piece would have the letters CRA goring the bull with Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank off to the side laughing.

  5. Andy Says:

    I’m voting “Art!” Actually, it is pretty clever. If someone did this with Photoshop, or drawn it as an editorial cartoon, I would find it clever.

    The fact that this Chink can do all that with paper mache (or whatever he used…if the medium was reported, I missed it) is pretty impressive.

    And the fact that it is in a Beijing art gallery is even better…Power to the People! Or, as they say in Beijing, “对人民的力量!!!”

  6. nancy Says:

    Fart art is a gas.

  7. dmorris Says:

    If we had a Liberal government in Ottawa, they would buy this masterpiece to hang in the National Gallery, and would fork over about two million taxpayer’s bucks for it.

    It IS a piece of crap, but an amusing one.

  8. Raphael Says:

    It’s crap, but it’s not abstract crap, so it’s less crappy.

  9. Ron Says:

    It could be considered art, but not ART! As everyone knows, real ART! does not come in a shape that can be identified by the eyes of mere mortals. (sniff!)

  10. Nurse Kate Says:

    That’s art with a capital “F”.

  11. Andy Says:

    Nurse Kate, I love ya’, and you know I do. But in my humble opinion, your comment sounds like it came from a “witch” with a capital “B.”

    Of course it is “art.” I mean, look at the effort that this chink put into it. Notice the sleek lines, and the exquisite detail of the hooves, and devil horns. This was no normal fart…this one took some time, and commie artistic effort…unlike the normal western capitalist fart.

    Think about it…

  12. Nurse Kate Says:

    Clearly I’m some sort of philistine. I’ll just sit in the corner and blow on my jug to make sweet music that soothes my bumkin’ soul. Can I live in Vancouver and still be a bumkin?

  13. Thorjolfstolf of Mitchieville Says:

    How can it be art if it does not denigrate Christianity, western culture, or men?

  14. Andy Says:

    Kate, you oughta see Grandpa Jones play the jug! I won’t never forget it… Now, that’s entertainment!

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