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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Jackass of the Day

posted by on January 24 at 19:07 PM

Vanessa Beecroft, who inserted herself into Sudan, breastfed twins whose mother had died (their father remarried), became inordinately attached and decided to adopt them, then decided not to. At the end of all this solipsistic mindlessness, she photographed herself as a lily-white madonna holding two black babies to her breasts, nursing one. Editions of the photograph have been selling for $50,000. Now there’s a documentary, premiering at Sundance. Naturally, Beecroft says her photograph was mean to “provoke” viewers. (Lazy, stale avant-garde intentions, meet real human issues.) Says Beecroft, “Sudan is a microcosm of Africa and of the blacks in the world, and I know it is presumptuous of me to take this subject under my wing, but I actually want to. It is my interest now.” Next up: naked Sudanese refugees standing in galleries wearing heels. (Via Artsjournal.)


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Raise your hand if you want to see Mudede tear this a new one.

*raises hand*

Posted by Christin | January 24, 2008 7:26 PM

"Next up: naked Sudanese refugees standing in galleries wearing heels."

Which you'll be right on top of, I'm sure.

Posted by You go, girl! | January 24, 2008 7:27 PM

That is the shittiest poster of the year.

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 24, 2008 7:54 PM

Man, I wash I was that pretentious and cool.

Posted by Giffy | January 24, 2008 8:05 PM

I'd like to see her starve in a Darfur prison.

Posted by Fnarf | January 24, 2008 8:07 PM

Nothing wrong with wanting to adopt, but then to give them back after? Huh? What was wrong with them? Or her for that matter.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | January 24, 2008 8:11 PM

What the fuck!

Posted by Bellevue Ave | January 24, 2008 8:18 PM

*Raise hand*

Posted by vooodooo84 | January 24, 2008 8:20 PM

I second #5.

Posted by Jessica | January 24, 2008 8:52 PM

*Raise hand*

"Help us, Obi Wan Mudede, you're our only hope."

Posted by Big Sven | January 24, 2008 8:55 PM

You should check out her website.
She is only an artist because she is rich and can run around doing stupid shit. And drawing like an eight year old retard. Really, look at her drawings. She actually reminds me if if Steveo had a fetal alcohol baby. Fuck.

Posted by opus | January 24, 2008 8:55 PM

Thee most important image of 2008.

The hem of her dress looks like the pattern on the "Who Farted?" trucker hat at Urban Outfitters.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | January 24, 2008 8:59 PM

She is a disgusting person.

Posted by Donolectic | January 24, 2008 9:28 PM

This is one of the weirdest things I have ever seen.

Posted by mirror | January 24, 2008 9:45 PM

Rich white women can save the world!

Posted by Alex-jon | January 24, 2008 10:31 PM


Just plain fucking ugh.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | January 24, 2008 10:45 PM

Her drawings...
Learn to draw!

Posted by Sirkowski | January 24, 2008 11:13 PM

White people suck.

Posted by J.R. | January 25, 2008 12:19 AM

true that

Posted by dbell | January 25, 2008 12:36 AM

You're just mad that you didn't think of it first.

Posted by Nelson | January 25, 2008 2:06 AM

White Man's Burden much?

Posted by Greg | January 25, 2008 7:52 AM

Oh My Gahd...Does she draw with her FEET?!? Maybe with her eyes closed? Wow.

Posted by muggims | January 25, 2008 7:54 AM

Good Lord--I just found myself in agreement with Jen Graves.

Can this be Death?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | January 25, 2008 8:54 AM

You know, when these women go to Africa to adopt I have to wonder: "Aren't their unwanted children up for adoption in the US or Europe that need adoption?"

That and the fact this poster seems to have a racist undertone that is somehow disturbing.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | January 25, 2008 8:54 AM

That woman is a total dick and her photograph is a microcosm of everything that's wrong with the world, but I have to admit it is very pretty.

Posted by KiruBanzai | January 25, 2008 8:54 AM

There is NO racist undertone there; it simply IS racist and repulsive.

Posted by michael strangeways | January 25, 2008 9:17 AM

fickle dilettante. it is an interesting hemline, though.

Posted by ellarosa | January 25, 2008 9:29 AM

I wonder how stuff like this gets into Sundance. Do you think it has anything to do with the fact that her husband is a vice-president at Warner Bros?

I love her drawings though.. They give me hope that folks like me with zero drawing talent can actually become globe-trotting artists.

Posted by Clint | January 25, 2008 9:48 AM

The running line on the poster is awful too, the artists intentions aside.
"Her fight the African babies"...? WTF?

Classic Liberal Imperialism anyone? Yuck.

Posted by STJA | January 25, 2008 10:24 AM

What is this, a Bennetton ad from the early 90s?

Posted by Irena | January 25, 2008 11:46 AM

The title of the film is misleading.

There is no such thing as an "Art Star" anymore.

Posted by Hal | January 25, 2008 12:04 PM

Every fiber of my being wishes I had the ability to rant about this for at least 5,839 words. Sadly, I find myself utterly speechless.

Posted by Queen_of_Sleaze | January 25, 2008 1:01 PM

I believe the picture is photographic evidence of quite the opposite.

Posted by subwlf | January 25, 2008 2:58 PM

This is so wrong for this paper. No guy who reads the Stranger likes boobs. You are going to gross all of your readers out and they will stop reading. Opening the stranger and seeing boobs is like opening a playboy and seeing a huge schlong. It just doesn't match.

Posted by ----- | January 25, 2008 4:21 PM

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