the piss paintings of Warhol's oxidation panels
the undersides of Marie-Antoinette's armchairs

I simply can't help it
. This is how my brain works sometimes. I see the worn undersides of a neoclassical chair from 1780's France, and then my mind wanders quickly to the oxidation painting by Warhol. Who knew the underside of a chair from 1780 could have so much form and restless activity, just as Andy Warhol did in the late 1970's. Whether it is piss, or just plain old wear and tear, there is beauty everywhere.

200 years apart, a perfect match. - David John


This new phase began in 1977–1978 with his "Oxidation Painting" series, an important transformational effort. This series involved urinating on canvases primed with copper-based paint. Depending on how the urine oxidized on the still-wet reddish or gold-metallic surfaces, it produced various shades of green or other colors in blobs, streaks, swirls or drops. Art critic Gregory Volk pronounces these works, such as "Oxidation Painting (in 12 parts)," "strikingly gorgeous…they have an intricate and varied visuality that one normally would not associate with Warhol."....

above text taken antique and the arts, go here....


"This chair (one of a set of four and two armchairs) bears the stamp of the most fashionable Paris chair-maker of the late 18th century, Georges Jacob. One of his principal patrons was Louis XVI's queen, Marie-Antoinette, and he supplied her with several sets similar to this one in the 1780s, for various French royal palaces. The history of the present set is not known, but the carved decoration - including Cupid's bows with quivers of arrows, and wreaths of flowers -- suggests that it was made for a lady's bedroom or boudoir. "

text and image taken from here, from V of A museum...

piss paintings vs. neoclassical chairs