Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Shit for sale
Piero Manzoni's 1961 Merde d'Artista or Artist's Shit is a 30-gram can of the artist's own excrement produced in an edition of 90. Originally selling for their weight in gold, today's market value for the work is almost a hundred times the current value for gold.
George Maciunas' Excreta Fluxorum from 1973 contains a carefully curated assortment of animal feces, including mouse, cow, and sometimes unicorn shit.
Wim Delvoye's Cloaca machine (which is fed daily and processes the food in a manner similar to the human stomach), and the resultant vacuum sealed shit for sale.
Dieter Roth's Karnickelköttelkarnickel (Rabbit-shit-rabbit) from 1972 is made of rabbit dung and straw, in an edition of 250, published by Eat Art Galerie.