Friday, February 21, 2014

Why contemporary art is often seen as rubbish?

An Italian cleaner has accidentally thrown contemporary pieces of art worth thousands of pounds in the bin.
The cleaner, in southern Italy, was said to be 'just doing her job' when she thought two artworks, supposed to be part of an exhibition, were rubbish left behind by those setting up the show.
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Organisers of the exhibition said one of the pieces of art she threw away included pieces of cookies, which were scattered on the floor, as part of an artistic arrangement.
Lorenzo Roca, head of the cleaning company, jumped to her defence after the cleaner threw away the artworks that belonged in the show which opened on Wednesday in Bari.
The cleaning company has said it will use its insurance to pay for the artworks, which have been valued at £8,220 (10,000 euros).
It is not the first time a piece of contemporary art has been mistaken for rubbish.
In 2001, bosses at London's Eyesto'rm gallery had to rescue a work by Damien Hirst from a bin after cleaners threw it away mistaking it for rubbish.

The artwork - made up of empty bottles, cigarette boxes, full ashtrays and paint tins - was pulled from a dustbin the day after it was put together by Hirst.
It was devised to represent a messy studio and was made on the spur of the moment by the artist at the launch party of his exhibition at the gallery.
The error was discovered the morning after the party and gallery staff had to put the piece back together from photographs taken the previous night.

And in 1999, according to reports, Tracey Emin's conceptual 'My Bed' was made up after one of the museum's patrons saw the piece and thought it had been vandalised.

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