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Lou Reed Gives McLaren Award to Icelandic Artist

American rocker Lou Reed presented Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson with an award that bears the name of Malcolm McLaren in New York last night for his opera performance act “Bliss”, which was staged as part of Performa 11 last weekend.


A recording of the performance act.

The award came with a prize of USD 10,000 (ISK 1.2 million, EUR 7,000), visir.is reports.

The performance act, a 12-hour live loop of the final aria of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, garnered considerable attention. Among participating singers was Icelandic tenor Kristján Jóhannsson.

McLaren, who passed away last year, was the agent of British punk band Sex Pistols and is considered to have been among those marking the beginning of the punk genre.

Click here to listen to a recording of the performance act.


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