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Untitled (Lipstick)

Jo Baer

Untitled (Lipstick)

Jo Baer
  • Date: 1977
  • Style: Minimalism
  • Genre: abstract

In 1977, a woman named Ruth van Herpen kissed this white monochrome painting by Jo Baer while it was on view at the Oxford Museum of Modern Art. She left a lipstick mark and a smear of red on the work. At her subsequent court hearing, she explained, “It looked so cold. I only kissed it to cheer it up."

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