a tale of a few cities

Ai Weiwei’s Guerilla Proclamation at the 54th Venice Biennale

Posted in Conceptual Art, guerilla art, Installation, performance art, Photography, text by petercombe on June 4, 2011

Marc-Antoine Léval‘s latest guerilla stunt outside the entrance to the 54th Venice Biennale. I’ve always liked the humour and brazen nature of (aka “The Immaterial Art Emperor”Léval’s work. This particular performance prompted voices of disapproval from a morally and politically correct crowd, “Ai Weiwei did not authorize this!”  Just the sort of participation the work demands.

The Last Fountain

Posted in Art by petercombe on June 28, 2010

MarcAntoine Léval, Last Fountain, 2010, 65 x 102 x 26 cm


Ben Lewis, The Great Contemporary Art Bubble (Documentary Trailer)

Facebook and the Serendipitous Captcha

Posted in captchas, Parallels, serendipity, type, WTF? by petercombe on May 11, 2010

The above captcha screenshot certainly applies to the following;

I’ve been asked to submit all US art related happenings to my immigration lawyer re: my Visa application. I mentioned my writing in a book about Parisian artist Marc-Antoine Léval, the lawyer’s response was ‘That would be valuable for the case, submit it, and I’ll see that the government employee assigned to your case receives it as part of the arts related package’. Posted a Facebook link to my blog moments ago regarding the book and chuckled when I had to enter the captcha.

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My Writing for Marc-Antoine Léval

Posted in Art, guerilla art, Installation, text by petercombe on May 11, 2010

Delighted by the mail delivery today. Paris based artist, Marc-Antoine Léval, “The Immaterial Art Emperor”, asked me to contribute some writing about his work for a book that was being published to coincide with an exhibition of his work in Paris. I wrote the piece in early February and all but forgot about it. Was rather pleased to find a signed copy in my mailbox this afternoon. My written piece is pictured right in top photo.

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Marc-Antoine Léval

Posted in Art by petercombe on March 7, 2010

Opening Thursday, March 18th 6:30 – 10:30 pm

Exhibit  March 18th to April 9th

Lot 10 Gallery, 44, rue Jules Vanzuppe,94200 Ivry-sur-Seine

Marc-Antoine Léval, “Please, François Pinault, Buy my work.”, Silk screened print, (edition, 100), 72 cm x 102 cm.







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Posted in Art by petercombe on October 2, 2009

I love this guy, Marc-Antoine Léval>, and put him right up there with CARTRAIN>, the 17 year old artist from the UK, for sheer artistic wit and self promotional chutzpah.


“The Immaterial Art Emperor” has struck again. After his New York banner plea, “Please, New Museum, Show My Work,” Marc-Antoine Léval has dropped his latest illicit work at the Tate Modern to coincide with the opening of the “Pop Life, Art in a Material World” exhibition. With this new piece, the French artist continues asking for the same thing all of his creative peers hope for themselves: billionaire art collector “François Pinault to buy his work, museums to show his work, and gallerists to sell his work.” Is that too much to ask?


Silkscreen posters commemorating these events are available on his website>

Silkscreen posters “Please, François Pinault, Buy my work.”
70 * 100 cm 
Limited edition. 100 prints.


Silkscreen posters “Please, New Museum, Show my work.”
70 * 100 cm 
Limited edition. 20 prints.


All photos Marc-Antoine Léval>

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