1:50 am - 01/23/2014

White socialite Dasha Zhukova apologises for 'black woman' chair photo

The partner of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich today apologised after she was pictured sitting on a chair designed to resemble a half-naked black woman.

Dasha Zhukova, 32, who has two children with the Chelsea owner, was caught up in controversy after an online magazine published a photo of her perched on the artwork.

Buro 24/7 used the image of Ms Zhukova yesterday, which was Martin Luther King Day, to illustrate an unrelated interview about the former model’s new magazine, Garage.

Ms Zhukova said: “This photograph, which has been published completely out of context, is of an artwork intended specifically as a commentary on gender and racial politics.

“I utterly abhor racism, and would like to apologise to anyone who has been offended by this image.”

The artwork by Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard is one of a series that “reinterprets art historical works from artist Allen Jones as a commentary on gender and racial politics”, said a spokesman for Ms Zhukova

Miroslava Duma, the blog’s editor, also posted the photo on Instagram.

Duma quickly deleted the picture from Instagram and cropped out the chair on Buro 24/7.

Campaign group Organizing for Women’s Liberation criticised the picture after it circulated on the internet.

The chair is similar in style to a famous piece by Londn pop artist Allen Jones, whose 1969 fibreglass work “Chair” was made to resemble a white woman.

Today Mr Jones said: “It’s obviously a copy of my sculpture and I supposed I should be flattered.

“I never meant the chair to be sat on.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen someone using it as actual furniture and I think it would be rather uncomfortable.”

Jones’s original piece is part of a series of female figures as furniture also including Hatstand and Table.

One cast is in the Tate collection.

The 76-year-old Royal Academician said his Clerkenwell studio has since been filled with hundreds of homages to it.

The artist has in the past been accused of misogyny, but said the chair sculpture aimed to show the human form could be “functional”.

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edas 23rd-Jan-2014 07:34 am (UTC)
god, that chair is so fucking ugly.
weavewhipper 23rd-Jan-2014 07:34 am (UTC)
LMFAOOOOOOOOOO that pic is hysterical. white people are out of fucking control
youandeyeteewhy 23rd-Jan-2014 07:57 am (UTC)
I'm half-white and that's exactly what my brain immediately thought.

I seriously sat here for a second thinking, "She don't love herself for that. [the black girl posing as the chair]" before I realized it wasn't real.
ayokay 24th-Jan-2014 02:11 am (UTC)
what do you mean it's not real?
mrcumberbatch 23rd-Jan-2014 09:00 am (UTC)
same lmaooo like i'm dying rn...why. who thought this was a good idea? wtfff?
santorini_blues 23rd-Jan-2014 09:47 am (UTC)
It´s so isanely bizarre
kwikimart 23rd-Jan-2014 09:50 am (UTC)
They are wildin' this year and it's still only January! I shudder to think how much worse they are gonna get.
If I thought 2013 was horrendous...
devourlove 23rd-Jan-2014 11:00 am (UTC)
mfte. taken out of context like what the fuck was it supposed to look like. 'human form can be useful' then why wasn't a white girl the chair?
endingonfire 23rd-Jan-2014 01:49 pm (UTC)
Its just....mind boggling.
arielazul_22 23rd-Jan-2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
i laughed so hard the 1st time i saw it, then felt really bad...whites really ain't shit tho
nene718 23rd-Jan-2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
ikr like at this point they're so absurd that i can only laugh because they've exhausted my capacity for anger
nimberlane 23rd-Jan-2014 03:52 pm (UTC)
ikr sis I'm already exhausted and we have 11 more months to go lawd help us
logic_of_crocs 23rd-Jan-2014 07:35 am (UTC)

It's been like 5 years since I first wanted to find it, and I never found it ;( where is it from!?
anthknee 23rd-Jan-2014 07:35 am (UTC)
tothechangmin 23rd-Jan-2014 08:14 am (UTC)
francie is gold. i was so sad when they killed her.
totalrecoil 23rd-Jan-2014 08:20 am (UTC)
It's from an Alias blooper reel for either Season 1 or 2.
melbournegirl 23rd-Jan-2014 11:23 am (UTC)
Merrin Dungey!
petecarl 23rd-Jan-2014 07:35 am (UTC)
Yes, critique misogyny and racism by perpetuating it.
ohprecioustime 23rd-Jan-2014 08:08 am (UTC)
this seems very popular nowadays, so many offensive things are re-branded as being a ~commentary~ on it while it just does the same thing :/
petecarl 23rd-Jan-2014 08:21 am (UTC)
Reminds me of: http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/charles-krafft-is-a-white-nationalist-who-believes-the-holocaust-is-a-deliberately-exaggerated-myth/Content?oid=15995245

Charles Krafft Is a White Nationalist Who Believes the Holocaust Is a Deliberately Exaggerated Myth
What Will Happen to One of the Northwest's Preeminent Artists—Whose Nazi Imagery Has Always Been Considered Ironic—Now That His Views Are Not a Secret?

Hipster Racism. Irony~. I'm just being provocative to get people to think. All excuses people use to avoid getting called out on their racism/sexism/etc.

Edited at 2014-01-23 08:23 am (UTC)
mikasaackerman 23rd-Jan-2014 07:36 am (UTC)
"I never meant the chair to be sat on."

idek why but this is killing me
kiki3291 23rd-Jan-2014 07:39 am (UTC)
ikr? lol

but well who knows maybe she was initially standing and just slipped a bit and tried to play it off.

one of us~
mikasaackerman 23rd-Jan-2014 07:45 am (UTC)
i bet she wishes now that she had fallen off the chair instead when she accidentally slipped. poor thing :(

(edit) oops @ my reading comprehension. i thought it was her who said it. my previous comment still applies though!

Edited at 2014-01-23 07:52 am (UTC)
anais_vert 23rd-Jan-2014 07:47 am (UTC)
Isn't that what the artist said about it?
bienenkiste 23rd-Jan-2014 07:40 am (UTC)
lmaao ikr
grandmascorner 23rd-Jan-2014 07:44 am (UTC)
lmao i'm crying
maishi_obuki 23rd-Jan-2014 08:04 am (UTC)
the fact that the original art was a White woman and this ripoff is a black woman...
20727 23rd-Jan-2014 09:11 am (UTC)
lol yess
bringvodka 23rd-Jan-2014 10:15 am (UTC)
omfg deaaad
arielazul_22 23rd-Jan-2014 02:28 pm (UTC)
ifkr? then why tf did he make it?!
infidelkast 23rd-Jan-2014 07:37 am (UTC)
jfc that chair and picture. you could write a book on how wrong that is
randommakings "I utterly abhor racism"23rd-Jan-2014 07:37 am (UTC)
My ass you do.
mrspeacock12 23rd-Jan-2014 07:38 am (UTC)
I didn't know it was a chair. I thought it was a real woman
mjspice 23rd-Jan-2014 07:51 am (UTC)
That's what I thought too. :(((
cickiz 23rd-Jan-2014 07:52 am (UTC)
same here
warriorholmes 23rd-Jan-2014 07:57 am (UTC)
jfc i need to read articles lmao

this whole time i was thinking "damn i can't believe they made this model do that"
shining_starsxx 23rd-Jan-2014 08:08 am (UTC)
Lol so did I. I was thinking,"Gurl why would you agree to that"
myblackass 23rd-Jan-2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
ben_superdetka 23rd-Jan-2014 01:16 pm (UTC)
omg same
hjohnson 23rd-Jan-2014 01:35 pm (UTC)
I first didn't see the woman (I just looked at the photo on the right, plus I just woke up) and spent way too long going "I don't... get it?" and then saw the woman, and now I just realized it wasn't a real woman...

I should get some coffee before I come on ONTD...
violue 23rd-Jan-2014 07:38 am (UTC)

tippani 23rd-Jan-2014 07:41 am (UTC)
The artist has in the past been accused of misogyny, but said the chair sculpture aimed to show the human form could be “functional”.

Then why was it all women
fallengirl81 23rd-Jan-2014 07:49 am (UTC)
and in sexy lingerie, no less
petecarl 23rd-Jan-2014 07:55 am (UTC)
because men are useless

ETA: but really, misogyny

Edited at 2014-01-23 08:01 am (UTC)
20727 23rd-Jan-2014 09:19 am (UTC)
lol ik because obviously when you see this

it's a testament to FUNCTION
idityna 23rd-Jan-2014 09:55 am (UTC)
eww how sick one must be to call this "art"-
kwikimart 23rd-Jan-2014 10:12 am (UTC)
The original artist needs to be sterilised tbh, what a creep
justbolognese 23rd-Jan-2014 11:19 am (UTC)
Is this an hommage to Clockwork orange?

Edited at 2014-01-23 11:20 am (UTC)
ahkna 23rd-Jan-2014 12:49 pm (UTC)
Basically he watches a lot of BDSM porn
devourlove 23rd-Jan-2014 11:01 am (UTC)
myblackass 23rd-Jan-2014 04:52 pm (UTC)
Then why isn't it sculpted like a dude's face?
grandmascorner 23rd-Jan-2014 07:43 am (UTC)
noooooo @ that chair lmaooo
vervain 23rd-Jan-2014 07:45 am (UTC)
i thought of allen jones when i saw it and it looks like really accurate social commentary on the value if black women like myself in society. as it's one of the current topics people talk about on the net, it seemed quite accurate and relevant to me.
camila12j 23rd-Jan-2014 07:49 am (UTC)
I saw this yesterday and I was freaking shocked. How can anyone think this is okay? disgusting
tangerinefriday 23rd-Jan-2014 10:05 am (UTC)

I thought I was desensitized to most of this stuff (thanks internet). But this omg beyond REPULSIVE!!!
lumosofmylife 23rd-Jan-2014 07:49 am (UTC)
mjspice 23rd-Jan-2014 07:50 am (UTC)
LOOOOOOORD, between this & the Snoop post, ONTD is on a roll.
stewie_e 23rd-Jan-2014 07:54 am (UTC)
this whole month has been a mess.

i mean - lbr it happens year round but this month has been highlighting all these idiots like no other month.
iamtheliquorr 23rd-Jan-2014 12:39 pm (UTC)
I'm at critical mass rn with racist fuckery, world
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