Artcrush: Steven Cohen

Artist: Steven Cohen

Artist: Steven Cohen

I love the way artist Steven Cohen discuss his:

thoughts on performance

I don’t actually know what the fuck performance art is, yet I’m brilliant at it. Does this mean that I’m a fraud. No! It simply proves that performance art is not a practice informed by theory … and that I’m honest and a little vain.

Steven Cohen in action

Steven Cohen in action

He also says:

Performance art is really about vegetarians eating blood and men fingering their cunts; it is art eating itself and art fucking itself for the first time every time.

Steven Cohen

Steven Cohen


The vanity (read self-respect) is what I harness to let myself get vulnerable, get naked in public, get shamed. My form of performance art comes from a place I’ve never been to before, each time. It’s an attempt to understand something in the process of doing it. It’s about letting you see the work as I am making it. That takes a lot of trust for me as an artist.

You can read more about his view on performance art here.

5 thoughts on “Artcrush: Steven Cohen

  1. I think we all have that urge, tucked away, to wear the mask of the secret self, the parts of us that we hide away. That’s what Carnival is for after all.
    How wonderful to be able to share that part of himself with the world! (K)

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