Worst art hoaxers' scam goes kaput- Library of Mu
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- Title: Worst art hoaxers' scam goes kaput
- Date: 30 August, 1993 ?
- Journal: Guardian
- Author: John Ezard
- Type of resource: News items
- Status: original
- No. views: 5191
- Description: Guardian figures it out as hoax
Worst art hoaxers' scam goes kaput
By John Ezard (30 August, 1993, ? Guardian)
Four artists cheerfully designated as the worst in the world can breathe
again. They will not have to live in suspense and ignominy until one of them
is judged the worst of the worst at a public ceremony in November.
The consolation prize for this was to be £40,000, according to an opulent
new prize competition for the "mutha of all awards" announced in an
advertisement in Weekend Guardian on Saturday. The award would be "to the
artist who has in the opinion of the jury has produced the worst body of
work in the preceding 12 months".
The promoters, the K Foundation (motto Divide and Kreate), had already
reached an international shortlist of opprobrium: Hannah Collins, Vong
Phaopant, Sean Scully and Rachel Whiteread. Their works, the foundation said
would be on show at the Tate Gallery from November 3-8.
This last point was true; their works will be exhibited because the artists
are officially short-listed for the Turner Prize - worth only half the money
- for the best work produced the year.
As for the K Foundation it stands unmasked as the current performing face of
those cherished old friends of pop pranksterdom, Bill Drummond and Jimmy
Cauty - late of the KLF (Kopyright Liberation Front), the Timelords and the
Justified Ancients of Mu Mu.
The pair have have (sic) been associated with crop circles, firing dummy
machine guns at a music awards ceremony and with talking Tammy Wynette into
making a hit record with them by turning up on her doorstep.
They used a reputable agency to book the advertisement with the Guardian
which accepted it with good faith. But the giveaway for this attempted hoax
on the arts establishment was an overfondness for the letter K - plus the
fact that so many in the music world remembered over the weekend that their
imp of mischief had transmigrated itself into the K Foundation, said by
friends to operate from a genteel squat in Stockwell, south London.
Ms Scully (sic, he is male) and her fellow artists may be slightly sorry about the £40,000.
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Posted by Guest on 2010-08-03 23:39:31
actually from Tuesday 31st August 1993, page 2