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Toronto artist paints with blood at Jeff Koons exhibit

Posted by Aubrey Jax / August 22, 2014

Istvan KantorToronto artist Istvan Kantor aka Monty Cantsin, who will always be the eying you up and down and mentally declaring himself more punk than you, has struck again with his "Blood Campaign," this time leaving a giant bloody "X" and a "Monty Cantsin was here" at the Whitney Museum's Jeff Koons retrospective in New York. As always, he also left a manifesto declaring his blood a "supreme gift."

Kantor was captured posing between a Koons sculpture and his bloodied wall with childlike glee on Wednesday by photographer Antoine S Lutens before security dragged him out. Several shots are, naturally, blocked by people's smart phones. None of Koons' works were bloodied. According to the NY Post, Kantor was taken to a New York hospital for "psych evaluation" and later released with no charges.

Governor General's Award winner Kantor's most notorious Blood work involved exchanging fluids with a Picasso painting at the MOMA. Kantor once told Brooklyn Rail: " I can't just go to the museum and cut my veins. I collect the blood in tubes before going to the museum" which admittedly may not seem that hardcore, but who among us regularly bleeds into a beaker for art (no disrespect/shout out to the world's life saving variety of blood donors).

One of the worst articles I've ever read about art is about Kantor. In it, Joe Fiorito meets (discovers) Kantor at a bus stop and becomes so enamoured with his quirky #artlife that he proclaims, "I love art." Kantor's dedication to leaning into his madness may always inspire these feelings in Star writers and some art fans, but we've got to ask ourselves why anyone would host a Koons retrospective in the first place.

Photo: Antoine S Lutens

Discussion

19 Comments

Poopdawg / August 22, 2014 at 10:33 am
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You don't bleed for art. You bleed for notoriety.
Todd Toronto / August 22, 2014 at 10:42 am
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I know Google is my friend, but I have to ask, what did he win a Governor General's Award for?
Chester / August 22, 2014 at 10:47 am
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Art?????.....go figure.
pay attention to ME / August 22, 2014 at 11:07 am
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**yawn**
David / August 22, 2014 at 11:36 am
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I think I prefer selfies. Can we have more of those, please?
nnsn / August 22, 2014 at 11:53 am
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This guy has been doing the same thing for thirty years. Its time to find a new gimmick Gallagher
Potrzebie / August 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm
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Smashing cars, throwing blood. Blah, blah, blah. Get a new act, Kantor.

Fart / August 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm
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Most artists do the same thing for their whole career. It's called having a body of work.

I know I'm in the minority, but I like it. Artists job in society should be to cause disruption. Often they are smart people who forfeit boring but potentially very successful "normal" lives to be different, to show the rest of us what can be done that isn't normal. Usually the act/product isn't even all the interesting, but it's the fact that rebellion is allowed...somebody's gotta do it. Use it or lose it.
Fart / August 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm
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p.s. you'll notice he didn't really harm anything or anyone. He just disrupted an exhibit, a blank white wall. He didn't even damage the original artwork he was hijacking. He's learned to express himself this way without truly stepping on the toes of other artists.
Next... / August 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm
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My advice, move on to a new phase. This last one has lasted a very, very, very, very long time.
Guy / August 22, 2014 at 01:00 pm
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"we've got to ask ourselves why anyone would host a Koons retrospective in the first place."

You've got to ask yourself, did you feel like an asshole writing that?
Ryan / August 22, 2014 at 02:52 pm
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boring and not especially clever
Bob / August 22, 2014 at 03:08 pm
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how fitting:

Koon - Punjabi, Hindi & Urdu for
1. "blood" or
2. in certain contexts to committ murder
the cheef replying to a comment from Guy / August 22, 2014 at 04:29 pm
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exactly my thoughts. i'd rather ask myself why anyone would write an article about some dipshit spraying blood on other people's exhibits. guess that's the only way he gets his work displayed, huh?
Justin Cozens / August 22, 2014 at 07:12 pm
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Kantor's practice is much more than the pithy #artlife comment you tossed off, Aubrey. Neoism is a decades-old expansion on the radical artistic philosophies and thoughts of both the Lettrists and Situationists, and is all loosely based on revolutionary socialist politics, (something Kantor as a Hungarian is very familiar with), and a dose of ideas surrounding the Spectacle vis a vis De Certeau. Talk to Kantor and you'll find he's quite approachable and knowledgeable. You're only seeing Emperor's New Clothes because you can't be bothered to look closer. History didn't suddenly begin in 1995 or whenever you started actually paying attention.
Derek replying to a comment from Justin Cozens / August 22, 2014 at 07:25 pm
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Or, you could start paying attention right now, re-read the article, and have a eureka moment when you realize that the author is criticizing Joe Fiorito for precisely the superficial approach to Kantor that you're so quick to criticize. You must be fun at dinner parties.
Sam Smith / August 23, 2014 at 07:28 am
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From the article: "Kantor was taken to a New York hospital for "psych evaluation" and later released with no charges."

Translation- He was released without charges because he is WHITE.
StellsBells / August 23, 2014 at 03:58 pm
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What an extreme asshole.
Ronnie Renoir / August 23, 2014 at 04:28 pm
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It's not art...it's fart.

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