Identifying the Artists on Morley Safer’s Segment, One Bon Mot at a Time

In all the hubbub over Morley Safer’s segment on 60 Minutes in which he trashes the art world on a visit to Art Basel Miami, a follow-up to his 1993 dig at the art world, one thing we haven’t heard much of, at least not from Mr. Safer, is the names of the artists he shows in his segment—like the video by Ryan McGinley of a nude woman holding a make-shift blowtorch, Mike Kelley’s installation of sewn stuffed animals and Jennifer Rubell’s interactive life-size sculpture of Prince William. And while Mr. Safer presents these works as emblems of his confusion and dismay at what has become of the art world, we can’t help think what a thrill it is to see Paul McCarthy’s large pink sculpture of a libidinous dwarf, White Snow Dwarf (Bashful), on national broadcast television. Savoring the moment with a few more artists, here’s a breakdown of some more work we found in the segment, each one paired with one of Mr. Safer’s signature bon mots at the time of their appearance. Read More