Life and death are the only events with a purity of moment. Everything else is confirmation of culture and with rapid-fire verbal editing Robin Williams spun the values of pop and political references like Marcel Duchamp used everyday objects for readymades. “There is always some detail in any object that would attract you aesthetically. Meaning you find it beautiful or even ugly,” Duchamp once said. During the Tonight Show With Jay Leno, staged at the MGM Grand one week in 1995, Williams said Las Vegas was “the type of town that even Timothy Leary would go ‘It’s too much.’”
"There's a pyramid, there's a sphinx, there's a fairy castle," said Williams. "Its the type of town where you don't need medication"
Tonight Show With Jay Leno: Robin Williams [11.13.95]
In 2008, Doug Elfman, columnist for Review Journal, asked Williams if he put any thought into his stage wardrobe. “Very little compared to Cher. Those are museum pieces. I think she puts more thoughts into the wardrobes than the tattoos. ‘This Place For Rent’ is usually the last tattoo,” he said. I Review Journal
John Katsilometes on the response from the Las Vegas' comedy enclave I Las Vegas Sun
ADDED AUGUST 13: “This art is similar with the carpe diem discussion Robin Williams [as John Keating in the film of ‘Dead Poets Society’] had. These art pieces are living their day, seizing it, and then they disappear" - M. Özalp Birol, the general manager of foundation which runs İstanbul’s Pera Museum, the venue holding Turkey's first exhibition on street art. Today's Zaman
ABOVE: Justin Favela's "Gypsy Rose Piñata." at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
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