La Cicciolina

Today is the birthday of Ilona Staller AKA La Cicciolina, porn star, politician, performance artist and provocateuse. High-brow that I am I first noticed her when she appeared in the work of her then husband Jeff Koons. The marriage, though brief, was a stroke of genius. Staller has made an absurd spectacle of her life, while Koons is a sort of art world prostitute. Their collaboration is so drenched in kitsch and faux-naïveté that it completely sidesteps the issue of obscenity, and as Cicciolina later said: “My breasts have never done anyone any harm, while bin Laden’s war has caused thousands of victims.”


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