Istvan Kantor

Istvan Kantor (Monty Cantsin)’s work in the late 1970s and early 1980s consisted most notably of the “Blood Campaign”, an ongoing series of performances in which he takes his own blood and splashes it onto walls, canvases or into the audience. At the same time, he continued to work within the Neoist network, co-organizing and participating in a series of Neoist festivals, which began as “Apartment Festivals”, which were also called simply “APTs”.

His more controversial works involve vandalism and gore, painting large X’s in his own blood on the walls of modern art museums including next to two Picasso paintings at the MOMA in 1988 and at the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum in 2004. In doing so he has been banned from some art galleries, a status he holds with pride. In 2004, he threw a vial of his own blood on a wall beside a sculpture of Michael Jackson by Paul McCarthy in the Hamburger Bahnhof contemporary art museum of Berlin. Although his later work has been dismissed as a simple vandalism by some parts of the media. Curator Laura O’Reilly, commenting on Istvan Kantors writing “Monty Cantsin” on a piece by artist Nelson Saiers in The Hole Shop gallery in New york, said “There’s a fine line between pissing on someone else’s piece as a form self expression — if you’re going to call that art”. Fuente: wikipedia

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