Cy Twombly gets the kiss of death

July 24, 2007 · Print This Article


Rindy Sam a french artist has taken it upon herself to add to the Cy Twombly cannon by placing a deep red lipstick kiss on an unnamed 9′x6′ painting valued at more than $2m (£970,000). Ms Rindy has been charged with criminal damage after kissing it and told reporters afterwards while leaving the local police station.

“I left a kiss, A red stain remained on the canvas… This red stain is testimony to this moment, to the power of art.”

“Cy Twombly has left this white for me.”

She then went home and placed a check mark on her lists of lifetime accomplishments where it said abandon any real artistic contribution in life and get arrested & fined around $10,000 for kissing a $2m painting just so the name Rindy gets in the newspaper for a week.

29 Responses to “Cy Twombly gets the kiss of death”

  1. The parade of stupid asshole marches on.

  2. There’s a whole school of “artists” whose “art” is defacing someone else’s (e.g. the guy who burns Picassos, etc.) Making something new is what’s hard.

  3. didn’t you guys interview some academic who said that viewers just want to kiss art? (or was it eat it?)

  4. The gesture, I think, is quite beautiful–and I’ll bet even Cy Twombly liked it. Unfortunately, Ms. Rindy had to make this beautiful gesture into something coarse and empty by ticking it off her list of coal-hearted “accomplishments.”

    Quite sad to so thoughtlessly add more garbage to the world.

  5. To ALEX:
    Re: Your response, “Unfortunately, Ms. Rindy had to make this beautiful gesture into something coarse and empty by ticking it off her list of coal-hearted ‘accomplishments’”

    Uh, you’re not big on (for lack of a better word) irony, eh?

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    …and was that “coal-” thing on purpose?

  6. Perhaps Ms. Rindy could grace us with her “art” by treating us to a one-woman performance art piece depicting human mortality.

  7. h the guest in question was Critical Inquiry and U of C’s W. J. T. Mitchell.

  8. Thanks Sam for displaying how much talent it takes to paint this $ 2 million masterpiece. Can anyone tell which kiss was Sam’s?

  9. That picture right there. That’s not it. Juan, I suggest you google it.

  10. I don’t understand how a blank white canvas can be considered “art” in the first place. Somebody please explain this to me.

  11. What next, ejaculating on works of art?

  12. I am with you Connie. How can a blank white canvas be “ART”. I bought a blank canvas yesterday does that mean I should now be paid 2 million dollars and be well know? This doesn’t make any sense. Even if he painted it white it doesn’t make an sense. There is no talent in that?

  13. Personally, I like it with the kiss mark. Before, there was nothing there. HAhaha. How dumb, 2 Million for a “painting” of nothing. I think I’m going to stop by the art supply store on the way home and buy some paints for my 6 month old to fingerpaint on canvas. I’ll be rich!

  14. The lady is serious wingnut douchebag. They should have shot her.

  15. [...] Sam, the 20 year old Cambodian artist living in France that was in the news back in July has had her day in court and the judge has fined her [...]

  16. cy twombly is d best

  17. it was a nice gesture. i like twombly alot too

  18. Height of a big fat waste: A mountain out of a molehill. Did anyone ever hear of paint thinner or turpentine. Just clean the marks off. And who is really to blame? Where were the guards and guardians of the work? Why did the owner not seek to be a better guardian of the work? Certainly the woman did not bust into the gallery with a machine gun to kiss the work! If there are no trespassing signs, is it trespassing?

    Pint of paint thinner to clean the work $1.99. Legal costs? The idiot suing her should pay cost of the woman’s legal bills. Put this wasted energy into feeding the hungry and it will be a better world.

  19. Height of a big fat waste: A mountain out of a molehill. Did anyone ever hear of paint thinner or turpentine. Just clean the marks off. And who is really to blame? Where were the guards and guardians of the work? Why did the owner not seek to be a better guardian of the work? Certainly the woman did not bust into the gallery with a machine gun to kiss the work! If there are no trespassing signs, is it trespassing?

    Pint of paint thinner to clean the work $1.99. Legal costs? The idiot suing her should pay cost of the woman’s legal bills. Put this wasted energy into feeding the hungry and it will be a better world.

  20. Ann Onymous Says:

    This is in the lead for dumbest BAS post ever. Clearly you have no clue whatsoever about the miracle of art conservation. Google it, learn a few things, and try again.

  21. Check the piece of “art” in question, the lipstick mark is a tremendous improvement.

  22. While I’ve never been a huge fan of Twombly, the poster above made one of the genre of moronic comment that you hear in art museums in the modern section on free day “My kid could do that”. Read a book for crissakes. Who else should we vandalize based upon your standards? Should we burn some books too?

  23. That and the photo above is not of the damaged work but a hyperbolic visual metaphor to illustrate the article. In the same way that the evening news shows a tape outline image when they are reporting on a murder but that specific tape outline image is not the actual outline of the person in question.

    In all I think Morikanti is having fun sarcasm in his comment and nothing more. I could be wrong so please correct me.

  24. throw the painting out with the trash its a joke to begin with ,and cy knows it,,give me a break ,a painting with kiss marks all over it says more the state of todays art world,,kitch!

  25. Critic Eye Says:

    …just wipe off the damn lipstick and call it a day!

  26. I guess Sam (as a artist) just wanted to make a real art out of this nothing saying white canvas.

    if you send someone an empty sheet, it’s because you dont have anything to say. if you’re famous you’re able to sell you’re noncomment for 2M.

    If someone’s stupid enough to buy it,then!?

  27. Cy Tombly has always been a hugely overrated painter: having said this, Mary Heilman makes him look like the second coming of Titian -the painting of hers now up at the art institute begs several question: why is this grad student, very poor quality work hanging in the inaugural exhibition of a major institution? What is the nature of the cultural climate that would think this is a good idea or even an adequate work of art? Who are the collectors who donated it (trick question) think: collect with their ears, always the most specious, vapid, trendy work, worlds worst toupee-

  28. Cy Twombly! Fucking typos….there has to be a way to clean these up-!

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