"The photos portraying Hammons with his neatly arranged rows of snowballs for sale are probably the most frequently reproduced images in the artist’s oeuvre. The piece has become iconic, the single ephemeral work – a work that is essentially about ephemerality – that has come to stand for his entire practice.”
In 2008 Schneider caused an uproar by publishing an ad in search of a terminally ill person to be the star of his performance piece. The dying man/woman was to draw his/her last breaths in-gallery surrounded by spectators.
"The head of the German hospice foundation that provides care for the terminally ill, Eugen Brysch, said: ‘This is pure voyeurism and makes a mockery of those who are dying.’
But Schneider argues that death is already undignified and that his aim is to restore its grace.”
Much as I like this piece, both of the above “arguments” are jaw-droppingly asinine. Death isn’t an institution and neither are the dying; and, “his aim is to restore its grace” is about as God-complex an agenda as I’ve ever read.
"Burden’s reputation as a legend in the art world began in the early 70’s with controversial performance pieces. Prime examples were where he had a friend kick him down two flights of stairs at the Basel Art Fair, had a friend shoot him in the arm with a rifle, and was crucified on a VW bug.”