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Video Clip: Marina Abramović, performance artist extraordinaire (and James Franco)

by rania
June 10, 2010 3:58 AM
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I got to squeeze through a naked people sandwich to get from one gallery to another in the Marina Abramović MoMA retrospective. As the NYT put it, this was "a re-creation of a 1977 work in which Ms. Abramović and her partner then, the German artist Frank Uwe Laysiepen, known as Ulay, faced each other naked within the frame of a gallery doorway, forcing people who wanted to enter to squeeze between them." Here's a photo from that original piece:

Abramović's art takes on all kinds of issues, including the politics of former Yugoslavia, Serbian Orthodox Christianity, and as you can see, the body.

Here is a piece in the WSJ with more about the show (that ended May 31) and its enduring "digital footprint." It includes a video of Abramović and actor James Franco.

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  • rania | June 14, 2010 1:41 AMReply

    Dianna- Interesting that you reference The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, as I saw that when I was pretty young so I imagine it did have an influence on my taste in art. (Andy Warhol's soup cans are my earliest memory.) I regret that this offended you. For what it's worth, Abramović has the support the most influential modern art museum in the world.

  • Dianna Trent | June 11, 2010 7:11 AMReply

    That's disgusting, not art! Who would want to squeeze through 2 naked people staring at each other?!? It sickens me what some people consider "art"! That's as bad as setting dinner plates of women's intimate body parts on the dining room table! This is SO not for those with 'discriminating art-appreciative taste'! This is for those who actually have NONE!