Artist dies, and leaves behind a huge ass lipstick sculpture.

While reading the Chicago Tribune obits yesterday, I saw this bizarre picture and had to share.

Artist and critic, Coosje Van Bruggen, has died, leaving her legacy in the form of a huge concrete lipstick.

This got me wondering – what was in this fine lady's head when she and her husband decided this would be a fitting creation to adorn the front entrance of the National Gallery of Art in Washington? 

More over, why did the gallery accept it? I can just see the Board of Directors reviewing the plans, shaking their heads in amazement shouting, "Yes! This is fantastic. Pure genius."

The couple was known for creating sculptures of "mundane" objects. I can dig it. I get the whole modern art thing, and I appreciate its merits.

But this one, its just an odd, yet interesting one.

It struck me as more of a statement of some sort. Statement of what? I don't have the slightest idea.

What do you think?


PS I know I need to seriously get a life if I am sitting around blogging about lipstick statues, but hey, its like -40 below here and cabin fever is setting in so cut me some slack.

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2 Responses to Artist dies, and leaves behind a huge ass lipstick sculpture.

  1. Jen says:

    They might’ve done it just for show, or several things….the value we place on appearance, the value *they* place on appearance, or maybe just the fact that something as mundane as lipstick can make or break a day in the life of the wearer….how a small little tube changes someone’s self-esteem, turning it into a religious relic of some sort that lives in the bottom of purses and vanity drawers all over the world.

  2. j says:

    wouldn’t this be postmodern art?

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