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#10005
Curious Facts about Famous Painters 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
I thought it would be fun to start a thread where everyone can just add their little snippets of curious information that they have gleaned.

I recently found out that Andy Warhol used urine in some of his paintings.

According to Victor Bockris, the Oxidation paintings were created when Victor Hugo, Ronnie Cutrone and Walter Steding took turns peeing on canvases coated with wet copper paint, which would oxidize and turn orange and green when it was weed on. Unfortunately, according to Bockris, "the Oxidation paintings retained the lingering odour of their main ingredient." Vincent Fremont recalled "Andy was taking a lot of B vitamins... and during that whole period the back room stank of piss."

It appears that Warhol asked other people to do this for him. I saw a TV program recently that said Salvador Dali peed on one of his paintings. I understood that to be because he disliked Warhol's work but maybe he was asked by Warhol and simply obliged.

Curious.
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#10007
Re:Curious Facts about Famous Painters 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
I used to proofread a modern art bibilography, and once came across an artist who used to mix conventional clay with cat and dog faeces and then mould them into artworks. Doesn't bear thinking about for too long.

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#10008
Re:Curious Facts about Famous Painters 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
OMG! That's really horrible. Why?!!!

I hope this thread isn't going to start a whole faeces discussion! lol
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#10009
Re:Curious Facts about Famous Painters 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
OK, moving swiftly on.... here's another one.

Pablo Picasso was once brought into police headquarters in Paris co-accused of stealing the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911.
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#10010
Re:Curious Facts about Famous Painters 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
There's really no good reason for it, in my opinion, except that some conceptual artists just like to shock. Now call me a Philistine.

Perhaps I should start another thread "Weird things people do in the name of art". I do know a few other less revolting examples.

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Re:Curious Facts about Famous Painters 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
That's a great idea for a thread! I'd love that. I'm always amazed at what artists are prepared to do.
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