Friday, May 21, 2010

It was a Joke!

On April 1 2010 I made up a story and posted it here as an April Fool's joke. It ended with a link to the Wikipedia entry for April Fool's Day, which I would have assumed would be enough for anyone truly interested in verifying the veracity of my made-up story to know it was a joke. Apparently not, though. The "story" was picked up and, in the way that can happen in the Internets, the "news" was spread far and wide ahead of the realization that it was a joke. explains in an article titled "2011 Venice Biennale News" in which they bring us up to date on which artists have been selected so far to represent their nations :
And what about the United States, you say? Well, according to Universes in Universes, the artist representing the U.S. is none other than Spider-Man/Pineapple Express co-star and multitalented actor James Franco, known for his participation in such artworks as Carter’s Erased James Franco, a recent collaboration with Marina Abramovic and a plot to realize a conceptual art project at Deitch Projects relating to his guest star role on General Hospital, an initiative which was aborted when dealer Jeffrey Deitch decided to leave New York for Los Angeles.

Sadly, it looks like the Universes in Universes listing is a simply the result of an April Fool’s Joke gone bad, though. Edward Winkleman took note of the hoax on his blog as it was happening, and UiU seems to have simply picked up the misinformation. Still, is it really so improbable? The artist Nic Rad released "The Celebritist Manifesto" recently, described as a "stirring defense of James Franco as the greatest artist of his generation, if not of all time."
Personally, I would say that it's simply the result of an April Fool's Joke gone spectacularly well, but...I should admit that it was indeed Nic Rad's "Celebritist Manifesto" (presented at our space as part of #class) that inspired the joke.

And, once more, it was a joke.

Labels: art joke


Blogger Greg said...

The following James Franco video is definitely worth a look if you haven't seen it already: Gucci Commercial Outakes

5/21/2010 09:07:00 AM  
Blogger kalm james said...

To acknowledge the gullibility of the general public, I suggest we move our national elections to April 1. Then we can truly celebrate the biggest joke of the year.

5/21/2010 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Bernard Klevickas said...

Gosh! I didn't know this blog carried so much power.


Bernard Klevickas will be replacing James Franco to represent the United States for the 2011 Venice Biennale!

Yay! :)

5/21/2010 10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way off topic. I can't help but to ask why you use internets?

5/21/2010 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

because it makes me laugh :

5/21/2010 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous David Palmer said...

Edward, you don't know your own power :-)

5/21/2010 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous John Legweak said...

I love this bit of verbal art in the artnet article:

Edward Winkleman took note of the hoax on his blog as it was happening

5/21/2010 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger Joanne Mattera said...


Edward Winkleman has been named Director of the New Museum. The announcement was issued by the Dakis Jouannou Corporation, which owns the museum. The appointment will begin June 1.

Winkleman confirmed the appointment via his eponymous blog, which he says will cease at the end of the month. The new director will start a new blog. “I’m calling it ‘The New Blog,” he said, but offered no additional information, except to say that inappropriate curatorial decisions will be a theme.

Winkleman’s inaugural show will be "Fruit Skins," curated by James Franco. Plans are underway to collect the decomposing material from the city's Green Markets and display it on all three floors of the museum.

5/21/2010 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger bastinptc said...

Pretty funny. Con(ceptual)men are missing out on a whole category of marks: folks in the art world will believe anything! Of course, it's not just limited to art-types; if it's on the internets, why bother with verification before passing it on?

5/21/2010 01:55:00 PM  
Blogger man said...


5/21/2010 02:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Cedric C said...

Gosh, I saw that James Franco work last year, when he presented a version of it at the CCAC (Calleum Centre for Arts in Cincinnatti), and I thought it was a flagrant steal on Zoe Leonard. Bleuargh.

Cedric C

5/21/2010 07:24:00 PM  

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