Canadian blood artist, Istvan Kantor, hits Jeff Koons exhibit
Photos show man standing in front of red 'X' spattered in New York's Whitney Museum
Canadian performance artist and self-described critic Istvan Kantor appears to have struck again, targeting the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Photos posted Wednesday on the Facebook page of photographer Antoine Lutens appear to show Kantor (who also calls himself Monty Cantsin) posing in front of a blood-red "X" behind Koons's famous Rabbit sculpture.
No art was damaged, but the message "Monty Cantsin was here" was scrawled in black marker on the wall.
It's certainly not the first time Kantor has shocked people with his infamous Blood Campaign. Kantor started working with the bodily fluid in 1979. But he achieved notoriety a decade later—getting drops of blood on Picasso’s Girl With A Mirror in New York's Museum of Modern Art.
His reputation has earned him bans from a number of the world's top museums, including the National Gallery of Canada.
In an excerpt from his manuscript on his website, the Toronto-based artist describes his motivation:
"I give them beautiful gifts, but they don't seem to appreciate my generous gestures. They destroy my works and put me in prison. However, in spite of all, I'm confident that one day they will be enlightened and they will love me for what I have done."
In 2004, he was awarded the Governor General's Award for visual and media arts.