Artist Destroys $12,000 of Louis Vuitton Bags for Sculpture

Posted by: on Mar 20, 2009 | 2 Comments

A section of the "Crucifix" sculpture by R. Lloyd Ming

A section of the "Crucifix" sculpture by R. Lloyd Ming

New York, NY, March 19, 2009 — As part of his latest exhibit entitle “I Am Not Chinese”, R. Lloyd Ming has incorporated twelve Monogram Alma bags from Louis Vuitton in a unique way — they have all been cut in half for a sculpture he calls “Crucifix”. The bags were purchased at a Manhattan Louis Vuitton store over the Christmas 2008 season by one of the artist’s assistants for a cost totaling more than $12,000.

Ming’s show is a study of the relationship between China and America focusing on issues such as censorship, capitalism under a communist regime, human rights and trade imbalance. As the title of his show suggests Ming is not Chinese, despite his surname, and has never been to China. Rather he was born in New York in 1966 and raised in Bermuda.

From Ming:

Crucifix is a commentary on the new wealth and materialism that has been created in China. However it can also refer to America and many other societies where materialism is rampant. As a result of China’s capitalist revolution the ranks of the rich and middle class in China is growing. However, capitalism often produces a culture of insecurity, were people can only find a sense of self worth or salvation through possessions and materialism.”

Ming frequently works with found objects incorporating them into mixed media pieces and is notably influenced by artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg.

I Am Not Chinese runs until April 3, 2009 at 5 West 74th Street Studio C. New York NY, 10023, and is by appointment only. Telephone (212) 362-3093. For more information on R. Lloyd Ming visit



  1. deluxeduck
    August 24, 2009

    real LV Almas do not have brass feet! plus the handles are way too long and the overall shape is just off.

  2. Eric Gooden
    August 24, 2009

    @deluxeduck Good point, I did not notice this at first. Also if these were real and purchased around December, they would not have that much patina by March.