MY VENUS IS BETTER THAN YOUR VENUS, 2003


Copy the Princeton Art Museum’s “Venus and Amor” by Cranach following the museum’s rules for copyists. Make a 12 minute “security” video of the 26 hours of copying by recording half a second every minute. The end of the video shows everything happening that the rules are designed to prevent: the original is replaced by the copy and the original is “stolen.” The framed rules are displayed in the museum next to the copy (hung in the Cranach’s original frame) and the video. Postcards of the copy and of the original hung in the artist’s home are displayed in the museum shop for sale. 12 minute video, framed documentation of the Princeton Art Museum’s copying guidelines, original gilt frame, 30” x 12” copy in oils of Cranach’s “Venus and Amor,” postcards.
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