There are artists who pour their blood, sweat, and tears into their work, as the cliché saying goes. Then, there are artists who literally use their very own fluids and excretions. From frozen blood busts by Marc Quinn to an ejaculatory canvas by Marcel Duchamp to the colorful, projectile regurgitation from Millie Brown — these pieces raise questions and eyebrows. See the shocking and the surprisingly beautiful works of extra intimate art in our gallery.
A few years before his death, Italian conceptual artist Piero Manzoni played an eloquent practical joke on the art market when he preserved 90 tin cans worth of his own waste in 1961. Originally priced at its weight in gold, each 30 gram specimen of consumerism critique went for $37, but as the market fluctuated, the price of Artist’s Shit per can jumped to as high as $181,374 in 2007. Well played, sir!