You Are A Great Thug Sir, 2001, (real date 2009)

You Are A Great Thug Sir, 2001 (real date is 2009) is a one of a kind conceptual artist book.

The objective of this book is to anoint a derogatory title (Great Thug) to masters of the international avant-garde (Duchamp, Warhol, Koons, Basquiat, Kelley).

The experiment is to ponder the idea of these "great masters" as "great thugs"  and "reevaluating" their contributions to art history vs. auction history by thinking of them as thugs. 

Besides the funny conceptual hand written text/"drawings"/"doodles" humor can also be found in the size of the book which measures less than an inch and a half by three-quarters of an inch.

 

Cover (Mike Kelley and John Wesley with collage elements) 

John Wesley and fake date

Artist's stamp and text drawing  

recasted Art Advisors from famous Auction house art advisors

Drawing and artist's stamp

recasted Art Advisors from famous auction houses 

Eye drawings  

Heart and cross woven together with text drawing  

centerfold Jeff Koons working as a security guard at the Whitney. 

Bled through drawing with artist's stamp

Bled through drawing with artist's stamp

Mystery man and Liz Taylor as Cleopatra  

Bled through daring with artist's stamp

Mark Rothko and a Murakami reproduction

Bled through drawing with artist's stamp

Basquiat and part of a John Wesley reproduction

Mike Kelley on the spine sandwiched by John Wesley as the book cover 

Rafael Melendez