If you’ve ever studied art history you probably know that in 1917 Marcel Duchamp signed a urinal “R. Mutt” and put it in a gallery. He called it “Fountain”. It was a serious statement about how the most utilitarian items really are works of art. Or maybe since Duchamp had a weird sense of humor it was a funny statement about how you can put anything in a gallery and it automatically becomes art. It’s a joke some artists have been repeating for nearly a century now.
I thought about that when I saw this painted over graffiti. Notice that it’s in a gallery parking lot. It’s like the gallery owners were saying, “Don’t bring your art around here!”