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Can You Tell Real Art From A Pile Of Crap?

The more cynical among you might think that artists just throw sh!t at a canvas to see what sticks. In the case of at least a few of these iconic artworks, you’d be absolutely right. But can you guess which ones?

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  1. Marcel Duchamp - Fountain

    Wikipedia
    If that's not art, then what is?
    If that's art, then what isn't?
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    100% art.

    Since it first appeared in 1917, this bog has become probably the world's most famous piece of porcelain. It's unclear whether Duchamp ever used it for its actual purpose before sticking it in a gallery.

  2. Piero Manzoni - Merda d'artista

    This guy shat in 90 cans and sold them off for the price of gold.
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    This guy shat in 90 cans and sold them off for the price of gold.

    That's art.
    That's not art.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's art.

    Piero Manzoni produced ninety cans of his own crap in 1961 to highlight the 'critical and metaphorical reification of the artist's body, its processes and products, pointed the way towards an understanding of the persona of the artist and the product of the artist's body as a consumable object'. We bet you knew that too.

  3. Andy Warhol - Tampon Box

    Pop art in action: Warhol stacked crates of Tampax boxes in his infamous studio, The Factory, to highlight the consumerist nature of feminine care products.
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    Pop art in action: Warhol stacked crates of Tampax boxes in his infamous studio, The Factory, to highlight the consumerist nature of feminine care products.

    Definitely art.
    Definitely not art.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's not art.

    Warhol did love consumer product packaging, but sadly it was yes to Brillo pads, no to maxi pads.

  4. Tracy Emin - I don’t believe in love but I believe in loo

    Emin's neon sign communicates her private sentiments and intimate emotions, exploring the dichotomy between public and private.

    Emin's neon sign communicates her private sentiments and intimate emotions, exploring the dichotomy between public and private.

    It must be art!
    It can't be art!
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Nah, it's not.

    The English artist certainly does love a bit of neon, but the real work 'I don’t believe in love but I believe in you' is pictured on the right.

    Nah, it's not.
    Via Tracy Emin
  5. Andres Serrano - Piss Christ

    A 60x40in red and yellow photograph of a crucifix plunged into a vat of the artist's urine.
    Wikipedia

    A 60x40in red and yellow photograph of a crucifix plunged into a vat of the artist's urine.

    Um... yes?
    Eh... no.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It is a work of art...

    ... and one of the most controversial ones at that. It was destroyed in 2011 by Catholics with hammers - though it's worth noting that the artist had Christian intentions when creating it. "The thing about the crucifix itself is that we treat it almost like a fashion accessory. When you see it, you're not horrified by it at all, but what it represents is the crucifixion of a man."

  6. The Venus de Milo

    Her arms may have fallen off, but this sculpture of Aphrodite draws visitors from across the world.

    Her arms may have fallen off, but this sculpture of Aphrodite draws visitors from across the world.

    Duh. Art.
    I call bullsh!t.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's a fake!

    This replica of Alexandros of Antioch's world-famous sculpture is made from panda dung. But just because it's not the original, doesn't mean it's worthless: Chinese sculptor Zhu Cheng's homage fetched £30,000 when it went on sale in 2010.

  7. Paul McCarthy - Complex pile

    This LA sculptor's mountain of crap is the size of a house, and has been exhibited everywhere from Switzerland to Hong Kong
    Laurent Fievet/AFP/Getty Images

    This LA sculptor's mountain of crap is the size of a house, and has been exhibited everywhere from Switzerland to Hong Kong

    Merde!
    Art!
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both art, and crap

    McCarthy's massive inflatable turd has a bad record of causing havoc wherever it goes. Strong winds have resulted in it smashing windows, breaking power lines and landing in the yard of a children's home. The lesson? Keep your sh!t indoors.

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