Compulsive Life Organization in “The Art of Clean Up”




Swiss artist and comedian Ursus Wehrli is famous for his Tidying Up Art books, where he takes famous artworks by the likes of Chagall, Seraut,
or Paul Klee, and “tidies” up the images by carefully organizing them into component pieces, or by creating clever infographic-like variations. My favorite: after deciding he can’t completely organize a Jackson Pollock, he simply returns all of the paint to its original paint cans. The work landed him a pretty hilarious TED talk in 2006.
The above photos are from his forthcoming book, The Art of Clean Up, due out next month, where he leaves fine art behind and begins focusing on common objects or situations and organizes them. 












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