What’s New Pussy Cat?

by Art Fag City on April 24, 2008 · 11 comments Events

courbet_pussy.jpg

Cash Brown, George, 2008, oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches. Originally via: Daily Serving. Link tip: S. Chernick

Gustave Courbet’s The Origin of the World has inspired a great number of paintings since its execution in 1866, Australian artist Cash Brown amongst the most recent. “I have been thinking a lot about the concept of originality and the derivative nature of so much contemporary artwork”, says Brown, going on to explain, “This led me to think of the beginning of Modernism. Origin, original, beginning, it all seemed a bit obvious…but I liked that about it.” In other words, the root concept lies in the connection between the meaning of the word origin, Courbet’s titling, and contemporary interest in appropriation. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about this project’s depth, and point to a few other variations by the artist here.

On that same note, a google search on the subject provides additional fodder below.

YouTube Preview Image

An animation of photo graphics and chanting monks inspired by Courbet’s Origin of the World. This may not even be bad in an interesting way.

courbet-undies.jpg
Tanja Ostojic, Untitled, 2004

It’s probably unfair to contextualize a mature work commenting on the EU’s politics of non-integration with the rest of these paintings, but I can’t help but find this brand of underwear amusing. Thus, the picture stays.

UPDATE:

homu.jpg
Filip Noterdaeme, The Birth of a New Museum, 1991

Filip Noterdaeme of HOMU sends us a painting [above] executed during his final MFA year at Hunter College. The work marries Courbet’s, L’origine du Monde , with Rene Magritte’s generative 1929 painting, La Trahison des Images . This particular piece has quite a bit of history behind it, so I’ve posted the write up from the artist’s website below.

Birth of a New Museum has an interesting history. In the early Nineties, when he was an art student at Hunter College, Noterdaeme invented an eccentric alter ego for himself, a certain Marcellus Wasbending-Ttum, a painter and self-proclaimed “Homoplagiarist.” Under this alias, Noterdaeme created multiple works, some of which he painted himself, some of which, like Birth (originally titled Self-Portrait), were executed to his specifications by a hired professional. When Noterdaeme, acting as Marcellus Wasbending-Ttum, presented the Hunter faculty with this “Self-Portrait,” he found himself accused of plagiarism and was prematurely expelled from the MFA program. Embittered, Noterdaeme destroyed all his artworks – with the notable exception of Self-Portrait – and, for the next ten years, abstained from making art, working as a museum educator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. In 2002, Noterdaeme created his own museum, the Homeless Museum of Art (HoMu). When he eventually turned his rental apartment in Brooklyn into a showcase for HoMu, he gave the painting a place of honor in the apartment’s High Gallery and renamed it Birth of a New Museum.

  • http://www.ianaleksanderadams.com Ian Aleksander Adams

    It still surprises me whenever people don’t realize that satire and parody, recontextualization and commentary, are NOT the same as plagiarism. It’s not as if it’s a new idea in art.

  • http://www.ianaleksanderadams.com Ian Aleksander Adams

    It still surprises me whenever people don’t realize that satire and parody, recontextualization and commentary, are NOT the same as plagiarism. It’s not as if it’s a new idea in art.

  • http://c-monster.net/ C-Monster

    That last one reminds me of a story that Celso told me about a strip show he saw in Tijuana in the 1980s.

  • http://c-monster.net/ C-Monster

    That last one reminds me of a story that Celso told me about a strip show he saw in Tijuana in the 1980s.

  • Pingback: C-MONSTER.net. » Blog Archive » The Digest. 04.25.08.()

  • Sean Black

    What The Fuck Is That?
    -SB

  • Sean Black

    What The Fuck Is That?
    -SB

  • ghchdf

    what the fuck

  • ghchdf

    what the fuck

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/26915283@N07/3551448186/ Colin

    I found a painting under the name Phalluzoïde ou L’Origine du Sexe. Maybe it put the question what was first : the egg or the chicken ?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/26915283@N07/3551448186/ Colin

    I found a painting under the name Phalluzoïde ou L’Origine du Sexe. Maybe it put the question what was first : the egg or the chicken ?

Previous post:

Next post: