Friday, November 18th, 2011

So How's the Art World Doing?

Chaos followed, as guests fought over pieces cut by the bare-chested pallbearers. “I want the breast! Give me the vagina!” they screamed, hardly noticing that Tilda Swinton had arrived for photo ops, looking very much like David Bowie in his Thin White Duke phase. When it was all over, the cut-up cakes resembled mutilated bodies that made for a ghoulish sight.

A man I didn’t know accosted me. “Is it me or was this all about violence against women?” he asked. “It’s you,” I said. “Look at that cake!” he exclaimed. “It’s a horribly mutilated woman with knives in her chest. Doesn’t that bother you?” “It’s a cake,” I said. “It represents all the indignities women have suffered at the hands of men. It is women telling their own history.” Apparently, the point was lost on him. “It’s disgusting,” he replied. I asked his name, which he declined to give. “I’m in the social register!” he growled, brushing past me to let Deitch know that this violence against women would result in the withdrawal of funding from the museum.

Ah, I see, carry on. (via)

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Urbania (#94)


barnhouse (#1,326)

So incredibly depressing. They don't even know how much like an Onion story this reads, do they.

City_Dater (#2,500)


They're adults fighting over a cake vagina, so, no.

barnhouse (#1,326)

Okay, the Onion with a dash of Petronius.

City_Dater (#2,500)


Oh, I agree with you, I just meant that the participants absolutely aren't aware that the thing itself has become exactly like the satirical portrayal of the thing.

barnhouse (#1,326)

@City_Dater yes, so terrible!!

HiredGoons (#603)

"'This sucks, I can’t even see the fashion,' one heavily decked-out female gala-goer complained.”

Los Angeles; please stop trying for all our sakes (no offense people I like who live there).

LondonLee (#922)

At least the art was edible so it wasn't completely useless.

“I want the breast! Give me the vagina!”

With pick up lines like this in high school, it's a wonder I didn't enter college a virgin.

Mr. B (#10,093)

@Clarence Rosario Show-off.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

A chopped-up, bloody-looking cake of a woman with knives sticking out of her chest can be just a little about violence against women, right? No?

Mr. B (#10,093)

@boyofdestiny Any attempt at interpretation is a sign you don't get it (I think).

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

@Mr. B So you're saying this is about the torment of existence weighed against the horror of nonbeing? I see.

Mr. B (#10,093)

@boyofdestiny No, silly: It's saying that breasts are delicious.

Look, I like Debbie Harry as much as any guy who happened to catch Videodrome on pay cable during his formative years, but c'mon. We gotta listen to "'Heart of Glass,' followed by a rousing 'One Way or Another' …" at every single one of these things? If they really need a platinum-haired chanteuse to serenade the crowd, I vote for Genesis P'Orridge doing some old Throbbing Gristle standards. It'd at least be of a piece with the art.

libmas (#231)

Um, I'm confused. Didn't Tom Petty do this ages ago?

MythReindeer (#5,553)

The social commentary is a lie.

Spiker Tab (#180,514)

This is a direct result of the uneven distribution of counter space.

libmas (#231)

@Spiker Tab Look, if only the 1% can get the cake vagina, shouldn't that be a reason to reconsider the way things are done? Shouldn't we be looking into an all-vagina cake model?

iplaudius (#1,066)

Maybe Abramović just wanted to see if any of the guests, seated before a repellent spectacle at every table, would actually eat.

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