PRINT January 2007

Kalup Linzy

“I AM CALLING from KK Queens Survey, and today we are contacting artists in your community. . . . Metaphorically speaking, how many asses do you kiss a week? One to two asses a week, three to four asses a week, five to six . . . ?” asks the pollster. “Five to six asses. I used to kiss more,” quips the distressed artist on the other end of the line, “but I got an infection on my bottom lip from all of the bullshit!”

Occurring about midway through Kalup Linzy’s blistering lampoon of art-world power dynamics, KK Queens Survey, 2005, this bawdy exchange typifies the twenty-nine-year-old, New York–based artist’s trademark mixture of raunchy humor, campy theatricality, sexual intrigue, and poignant social commentary. For the last several years Linzy, who grew up in rural central Florida, has been making satirical videos inspired by personal events and the daytime-television soap operas that were

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