Pablo Picasso painted this when he was 15 years old.
Marina de Tommaso, Michele Sardaro and Paolo Livrea won this year’s Ig Nobel Prize for measuring the relative pain people suffer while looking at an ugly painting, rather than a pretty painting, while being shot (in the hand) by a powerful laser beam. Here are more scientific findings that won the highest honors at the 24th annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony.
Vincent van Gogh painted “Starry Night” while he was in an insane asylum.
Photographer Patrick Hall films people’s reactions as they get tasered with a handheld stun gun. Here are those reactions in slow-mo video form.
Despite being one of the most famous painters in history, only 15 paintings of Leonardo da Vinci are known to exist. The small number of surviving paintings is due in part to Leonardo’s frequently disastrous experimentation with new techniques and his chronic procrastination. He also had a weird artistic philosophy in which he would destroy any art he felt was not perfect. He thought art should be like magic; that is should be produced flawlessly. He destroyed most of his sketchbooks for this reason.
Some German cities have public “art libraries” where you pay up to five Euros to borrow paintings and sculptures from local artists to put into your own home for several months.
Catherine Yass has been nominated for a Turner Prize, so this means that she’s a serious artist. Nevertheless, her plan to drop a piano off the top of a 27-story building in London, as a way to allow the community to “explore how sound travels,” has been vetoed by the local housing association. Locals apparently feared her plan was “dangerous and ludicrous.”
Polish painter, Rafał Bujnowski, painted a photo-realistic self-portrait in black and white, had it photographed and enclosed the picture as his official photo in the U.S.A. visa application form. Eventually, the artist received a passport with a replica of his own painting.
- Having one of his ribs removed so that he could wear it as a necklace.
- Having a doctor cut a one meter gash down the side of his body, without anesthesia.
- Encasing himself in a cube of quick-setting concrete for 24 hours.
- Trying to “cut a river in half” by suspending himself above it from a crane while holding a knife in the water, as blood dripped from cuts in his arms.
- Painting the fingernails and toenails of 10 mannequins with his own blood.
- Staring at 10,000 watt bulbs to damage his eyesight
- Burning his clothes while wearing them.