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James Franco Represents the US at the Venice Biennale
This guy is everywhere! He was selected by MOMA to represent the US in the 2011 Biennale. Woah. I got to see a sculpture of his at the Clocktower Gallery in NYC a while back - a wooden rocketship.
Here is James' take on performance art:
Performance art can seem pretentious, but it can also be quite mischievous and playful. Just as Marcel Duchamp rocked the art establishment in 1917 with his found urinal called "Fountain," performance artists of the 1960s and 1970s presented entire practices and occupations as art. In today's version, the artist Fritz Haeg packages lawn care as art—his ongoing series "Edible Estates" consists of designing and implementing ecologically productive front lawns. As Mr. Haeg said at a talk at Columbia University last month, "Being an artist is the one profession where you can wake up and say, 'What do I want to learn about and participate in today?' " What could be more fun than that?