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3rd-Oct-2008 03:09 pm
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Marc Quinn’s golden sculpture of Kate Moss has finally been made public at the British Museum as part of its Statuefilia exhibition. As expected, Quinn’s statue of Moss is in a similar pose as his bronze sculpture of the British model titled Sphinx. Apparently the golden version of Kate Moss was to be titled Siren, but has been renamed Aphrodite. According to the museum the piece is the largest gold sculpture to be made since the days of ancient Egypt. Quinn created the sculpture with over two millions dollars worth of gold. It has been suggested that the piece will earn six times that once sold.

As I’ve mentioned before… I’m not exactly impressed with art that meshes with celebrity. Marc Quinn and Daniel Edwards take top prize for that as far as I’m concerned. Will Damien Hirst be able to top Quinn's golden Moss? Perhaps Andres Serrano will sculpt Kate Moss or another celebrity in his own little way? That might actually be interesting. Needless to say, I don't think Quinn's sculpture should be compared to the works of ancient Egypt in any manner. I'm also more than a little concerned about the legacy this generation will leave behind as far as contemporary art is concerned.
3rd-Oct-2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
I'm also more than a little concerned about the legacy this generation will leave behind as far as contemporary art is concerned.

Ditto that. It does make me want to write highly sarcastic archaeology-fiction set in the future, though. Maybe it'll be found near that sculpture of Paris Hilton's hypothetical autopsy and Brittney Spears giving birth . . . *whimper*
3rd-Oct-2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
Ditto. Except I'm also concerned about the legacy this generation will leave behind ... with regard to most things.

I mean have you seen R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet?
3rd-Oct-2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet is one of the greatest pieces of unintentional parody every written. A hip-hop macro of epic proportions. Too bad R. Kelly isn't really in on the joke.
3rd-Oct-2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
Some days when I watch it, I think he knows exactly what he's doing. Other times -- not so much.

Yes -- I own the DVD
3rd-Oct-2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
I don't think anyone takes Edwards serious. I've seen the Spears sculpture in person and most of the time it is exhibited they have to have someone watch over it to prevent people from taking booty smack pictures with their cell phone cams. Quinn made some interesting work in the past, but his interest in Moss is getting a tad old. Is she even that popular today?
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4th-Oct-2008 03:33 am (UTC)
Unfortunately art critics, curators, art historians, and wealthy collectors tend to dictate which art is remembered and which art is embraced by the future masses. So artists like Quinn, Hirst, and Serrano may very well dominate the art history books of the future as long as that chain of interest remains. The general public rarely has a chance to decide who is remembered. That is not always a bad thing. However, I think the internet will change that or at least balance it out.
3rd-Oct-2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
Needless to say, I don't think Quinn's sculpture should be compared to the works of ancient Egypt in any manner

Not even in the fact that it said that they used more gold since Ancient Egypt? Let's get out of the ivory tower; if you want to superiorize Egypt - the society with slavery that had 5 foot tall people who died at 40 years old, that's fine. Most Egyptians were too busy working from sun-up to sun-down to be able to care about celebrities.

I'm also more than a little concerned about the legacy this generation will leave behind as far as contemporary art is concerned.

50 years ago half the American population, the richest on the planet, had one television in their entire house. For most people - the ones for whom Monet and Degas weren't making art - entertainment is a big component of art, and it's a hell of a lot more functional.
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4th-Oct-2008 03:14 am (UTC)
Good point. Based on what I've read about Marc Quinn it seems that he views her as a modern day goddess. In his mind Kate Moss is what women should strive to be physically. I suppose the pose reflects his thoughts about her in that respect. Is Kate Moss even popular these days? I thought she was more of a 90s relic than anything else. Perhaps my taste is in the way… I don’t think Kate Moss is that attractive. Thus, I don’t think she is the best choice to reflect the beauty of our time if that is Quinn's goal.
4th-Oct-2008 04:17 am (UTC)
Mark Quinn's former claim to fame was sculpting amputees and the disabled. Viewed through this lens, his choice to sculpt supermodels takes on a somewhat different tone.
5th-Oct-2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
Good point...
3rd-Oct-2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
Caution! The following is not a contribution to the discussion. It is merely pure, pedantic, and unbridled personal art criticism.

That is one FUGLY sculpture ...

4th-Oct-2008 01:08 am (UTC)
Can you think of an era in which celebrities were not the subject of art?
4th-Oct-2008 03:24 am (UTC)
Depends on how you define celebrity. There is a huge difference between a sculpture involving a person with historic/cultural significance and one involving someone with material significance in the contemporary sense of the word. Velga the Barmaid may have been the hottest barmaid in Europe back in the day… but I doubt you will find sculptures praising her beauty. :)

4th-Oct-2008 04:14 am (UTC)
The question of what constitutes "genuine" historical significance is far from settled in any era, but examples of famous beauties immortalized by artists are ubiquitous. I'd suggest starting here.
4th-Oct-2008 06:26 am (UTC)
Not the same thing. Beauty means something a lot different in serfdom, where essentially beauty could be bought by the pound. Cleopatra, for example, was considered beautiful based primarily on her intelligence.
4th-Oct-2008 02:57 am (UTC) - Weird...
Kate Moss? It seems that golden statues are normally reserved for saints, gods, heroes, and Nobel-peace prize winners. What has she done for humanity, besides become the poster-child for anorexia in the '90s?
4th-Oct-2008 06:24 am (UTC) - Re: Weird...
You forgot about tyrants, mass-murderers, and totalitarians. What did they do for humanity? Kate Moss is a lot more benign than them.
4th-Oct-2008 06:34 am (UTC) - Re: Weird...
Hah, you do have a good point. Only prob is that what we call tyrants and mass-murderers, others refer to as heroes. Or, the statues were put up at the order of the aforementioned leaders and their regimes. (Thinking in particular of Saddam's statue which got kicked to *&%$ after he was ousted)

Benign she may be, but I've never heard of Kate Moss referred to as anyone's hero. 'Course, most of my friends in the '90s thought she was waaaay too skinny to be a role model. I think she's pretty, tho'.
4th-Oct-2008 02:10 pm (UTC) - Re: Weird...
I didn't know Saddam had a golden statue anywhere. The last golden statue I remember built was of Saparmurat Niyazov. Maybe there are a handful of people around the world that would have called him a hero; I'd imagine it's around the number of two-headed calves born in a year, or the number of coelacanths found.
4th-Oct-2008 08:42 pm (UTC) - Re: Weird...
His statue wasn't golden.
4th-Oct-2008 05:08 pm (UTC) - just
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