January 26th, 2006

The gentleman is always properly dressed

Pop will eat itself

One of the existing versions of Marcel Duchamps' Fountain was damaged earlier this month when Pierre Pinoncelli, a 77 year old perfomance artist, "attacked" it with a small hammer. It was Pinoncelli's second attempt on the piece, the first having taken place in 1993 when he wrote the word "DADA" on the sculpture after urinating in it.

Pinoncelli was given a three month suspended jail term and fined for the cost of repairs. For his part, he defended his attempts as in keeping with Dadaist philosophy and said that he intends to appeal the decision.