Is Sleeping an art form? A rash of current performances suggests sleep is an artistic performance worthy of exploration. Last week, the actress Tilda Swinton took naps in a glass box at MoMA. As part of Montreal’s winter Arts Festival Art Sou Terrain, the artist Sergio Clavijo created an installation of sleeping figures in a public space to draw attention to the homeless and to society’s notions of memory. Slumber was the subject of an early film by Andy Warhol. In Warhol’s Sleep of 1963, the film features nearly six hours of John Giorno sleeping. Watch CNN’s coverage of Tilda Swinton’s performance, look at a blog on Clavijo’s Sleepers installation, and watch a preview for Warhol’s Sleep (all links are below). What do you think of “Sleep” as a subject of art?
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