The Most Unusual Art Gift Ever

After Matthew Offenbacher won a $25,000 art prize, he did something radical. He made a conceptual artwork with Jennifer Nemhauser that consisted of buying works by women and queer artists for Seattle Art Museum.

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"They collaborate under the pseudonym Daft Kuntz, a name that's a play on "cunts" and kunst, the German word for "art."

Duh.
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I'm going to use this article in my class. Great piece about a great piece.
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Something so genteel about this article. I think this article was about politics not art, Real artists want to astonish the world. To be a recognized female artist or queer artist seems to set your sights at an unartistic low; that's fine for regular folk but we are talking about artists, they shuld have higher goals. And these pee pees and kuntz....isn't it all a bit passe at this point...zzzzzzz.....the real revolution---since we're in the political realm here---draw Mohammed with a hard on...
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Jen, you rock
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Fantastic article--thank you for writing it.
Anyone who argues that what this couple is doing isn't art is missing the larger statement.
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Who cares about SAM? The end all be all, SAM---every artist dream palace! Wasn't that quite a waste of money? SAM is just a holding pen for local philistines in which to be herded around to view Impressionists or ancient Egyptian knick knacks. And what's wrong with showing at the Vashion Credit Union? Or a local popular coffee shop or a street fair or a weekly open air market or swap meet? I've become a millionaire buying great art at street fairs (not really but the art that I have bought makes me feel like a millionaire). Why are all you young artists so invested in getting ox-brained, art-despising philistines to love you? O SAM!

When did 'The Stranger' become such a bourgeois institution-fluffing rag? O SAM!Pretty soon it's going to be running wine tasting reviews. 'The Stranger' is 'Seattle Magazine' in drag---O wait, that can't be, 'Seattle Magazine' is 'Seattle Magazine' in drag. Ha!
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This is so wonderful and thoughtful. What an interesting project this is, a very probing explanation of institutions and their relationship to contemporary art.
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planned barrenhood has a good point. They also have a good name. Reminds me of the Barron and Robin Hood.