Artist Pleas: “PLEASE NEW MUSEUM SHOW MY WORK” via James Kalm (video)


From the tireless Loren Munk comes this video he has only posted on Facebook:

A banner stating “Please New Museum Show My Work” was hanging from the buildings facade at the press preview for Younger than Jesus. It was soon removed, but across the street a painting with the same plea was seen on the ground. Was this a successful scam?

He adds:

Laura Hoptman curator at the New replied: “Fair enough. We enjoyed seeing the banner and were flattered that someone wanted to communicate with us in that way. We don’t feel punked at all.” The question is, was it effective? I guess time will tell…

9 responses to “Artist Pleas: “PLEASE NEW MUSEUM SHOW MY WORK” via James Kalm (video)”

  1. Lyra Avatar

    Hah- I was just getting ready to fwd this to you but I thought I should check first if you’d posted it. And you had.

    I love the 007 scheming that must have gone into planning out how to get onto the balcony and unfurl the banner, but I really would have hoped his actual statement was a bit less pathetic. If you’re going to do a big publicity stunt, you might want to actually make people suspect that you are a good artist, not just a desperate one.

  2. hv Avatar

    I like the banner idea but the painting & sticker definitely screamed “LOVE ME” or at least write about me. I still think the unsanctioned dead doe performance/action at the New Museum was better than this.

  3. James Kalm Avatar

    Dear “PLEASE NEW MUSEUM SHOW MY WORK” artist, come forward and state if you really were “unauthorized”, or are we (the cats thinking you punked the NEW), being scammed.

  4. […] The perpetrator is unknown making this apparent PR stunt a flop. |Video by Loren J. Munk via Hrag Vartanian| TAGS: ART, New Museum, Pranks, Younger Than Jesus Previous […]

  5. […] irks a blogger more than no link respect. My post yesterday about Loren Munk’s video vignette of the New Museum getting pwnd has gone viral and today got picked up by AnimalNY, then Gothamist […]

  6. Ben Avatar

    I think it’s pretty effective as an emblem of the desire of the vast majority of artists these days — and, indeed, for as long as artworks have been valuable as commodities and vehicles for their creators’ fame — to simply be noticed, no matter the reason; the emphasis is not on the work itself, but on the work being seen. Without being seen, it might as well not exist: so goes much thinking among opportunistic artists. This is not to say that this was the intent behind the piece; but it certainly is an effect of it.

  7. Stella-Desiree Avatar


    my company patrons “The Immaterial Art Emperor”
    and would like to clarify one point;

    The happenings of putting a “Please New Museum Show My Work” banner on the new museum, has absolutely NO RELATIONSHIPwhat-so-ever with the paintings shown in the above images.

    Sorry to disappoint you guys but the combination of these two very different types of artistic messages is simply false Internet propaganda.

    I feel sorry for the person that found it cool to make up such a story… it’s pathetic.

    Please, feel free to contact me for the real information, soon shown on this Emperor website.


    Stella- Desiree

  8. hv Avatar

    Hi Stella, Thanks for trying to clarify things but I’m afraid your message is confusing. Why was the sticker on that painting across the street?

  9. Stella-Desiree Avatar

    it’s no a sticker, but a printed card; a souvenir of the happening, intended for press and connections.
    the communication tools got to wrong hands.

    We have a numbered series of larger original serigraphy prints for sale.

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