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Fat, rich art

india Updated: Dec 09, 2009 23:12 IST
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I’m thinking of buying a work of Jens Galschiøt for my office.

Who’s Jens Galschiøt?

He’s the Danish sculptor whose work ‘The Survival of the Fattest’ can now be seen next to that of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen harbour.

You mean the one depicting a very fat woman perched on the shoulders of a very thin man?

Yes, that’s it.

So why do you want his works when you can afford a Rubens or a Lucian Freud, whose rotund ladies are far more fetching?

Moron! The overweight lady represents the rich West while the skinny dude carrying her is worn-out Africa.

Human rights kitsch?!

Galschiøt’s art works are popular among rich, western buyers. It helps them deal with their guilt of being rich and Western. I like them.

Can you commission him to do a statue on child labour? Hindu-Muslim disharmony?

Do say: The African guy sure is fit!

Don’t say: What’s with these naked statues of women in Copenhagen?