Everyone's a critic
This is just sad. Apparently, a woman helped inaugurate the new Clyfford Still museum in Denver by assaulting one of the AbEx master's epic canvases. According to Reuters, "a police report said Carmen Tisch punched and scratched the painting, an oil-on-canvas called "1957-J no.2" (above) at the recently opened Clyfford Still museum in Denver and pulled her pants down to slide her buttocks against it." According to the Denver Post, Tisch "slid down it and urinated on herself," according to a criminal case filed against her. The incident occurred Dec. 29, but just became public this morning.
Art vandalism is hardly a new thing, but Tisch, 35, wasn't even able to be inventive in her blunt criticism of Still's work (which, for the record, is my favourite among the field.) She could take a page from Toronto's own Jubal Brown, who, as an art student in 1996, made a project of vomiting primary colours on famous works in museums to underscore his disdain of official histories (A Raoul Dufy at the AGO was targeted with a spew of bright red, created from gorging on cranberries, among other things; blue hurl was aimed at a Piet Mondrian work at MoMA in New York, though Brown apparently missed.)
Anyway. It gained Brown a rush of fleeting fame, though a certain kind, and will surely do the same for TIsch. Which I imagine is the point, though there are some things one might not want to be famous for, you'd think, wetting yourself in public being one of them. But maybe that's just me.