During the past three decades Istvan Kantor aka Monty Cantsin AMEN! has executed several hundred blood actions, repetitiously and obsessively incorporating the act of blood taking in his performances. Many of Kantor's blood-x works were done without authorisation, in illegal circumstances, exploring the form of guerilla performance, surprise intervention, criminal action and openly relating to the act of vandalism. He was arrested and imprisoned on many occasions for his unwanted blood splashes performed in museums.

His best known masterpiece is a blood-x made between two Picassos in New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1988. He also hit the walls of Toronto's AGO, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, and the Musée d'art contemporain in Montreal, to mention only a few of these museum interventions. This obsessive and radical art activity not only inspired the makers of Batman but also influenced Jubal Brown's vomit paintings.

Besides his museum crimes Kantor also likes to explore different kinds of intellectually and physically assaulting methods of creation, from breaking objects to generating unbearable noise via excessive and risky body actions. As a result Kantor/Cantsin's name often gets associated with destruction and violence. The Ludwig Museum text (below) is a description of a blood-x action done during a European tour in 1998 in Germany. It also tells something about Kantor's theoretical ideas and personal investigations, told by the artist himself.

Text: © Istvan Kantor. All rights reserved.

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