But without the fake blood, is it even a real McCarthy?

koons_michael_bubbles.jpgCeci n'est pas un McCarthy, mÍme s'il coute $6mm
A performance artist has been arrested in Germany after trying to spray blood on a sculpture of Michael Jackson.

Istvan Kantor tried to squeeze a capsule of blood onto Paul McCarthy's Michael Jackson and Bubbles sculpture at Berlin's Hamburger Bahnhof gallery.

So reports the BBC News this morning.

Kantor, who's pulled stunts like this before, was being filmed by his own accompanying video crew. He was arrested and released yesterday.

While normally it'd take a whole season of CSI to tell the fake fake blood from the authentic fake blood on a Paul McCarthy sculpture, MJBH is the rare McCarthy (still) not covered in goo. No word on whether any Jeff Koons sculptures of Michael Jackson and Bubbles were harmed.

Bid to deface Jackson art fails [BBC]
Mick Flick Collection at the Hamburger Bahnhof
McCarthy's MGBH in the 2002 Whitney Biennial [public art fund]
Koons' Michael and Bubbles, 1988 [Broad Foundation Collection]
"Food flies. Blood Spurts. Bottoms are bared" in the work of Paul McCarthy [Guardian]

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