Aesthetics for Birds

Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art for Everyone

AFB Artworld Championship Tournament Challenge


**UPDATE: In Advance of the Broken Arm has replaced King Lear in the official bracket. Download updated bracket here**

**UPDATE: Schedule for 1st-Round Match-Ups

March 17th & March 18th**

With March Madness quickly upon us, I thought I’d host a tourney bracket contest with artworks in place of basketball teams. Therefore, I give you…

The Aesthetics for Birds
Artworld Championship
Tournament Challenge

How to Play
View & Download the official AFB Tourney Bracket HERE.
Examine the official tournament selection of participating artworks (see below for complete list).
Completely fill in the bracket with your predictions, making sure your name is clearly marked on the bracket itself.
Send your completed bracket to by midnight March 16th. 
Check the tournament schedule (see below for full schedule).
Vote for your favorites in the comments section as the match-ups appear.
Artworks with the most votes when time’s up will move on (ties will be decided by coin flip).
How to Score the Bracket 
Points will be for each correct prediction.
  • 1st-Round: 1pt
  • 2nd-Round: 2pts
  • Sweet Sixteen: 4pts
  • Elite Eight: 6pts
  • Final Four: 10pts
  • Championship: 12pts

Point ties will be decided by a knife-fight or trivia question.

Contest Prizes
1st Place: Your very own work of art in the form of an Official Super Sucklord Frankenstein Basketball League All-Stars figure.**Prize subject to change based on # of entries**

2nd Place: Six-pack of AFB stickers.

3rd Place: You’re fired!

Aesthetics for Birds
Artworld Championship
Official Tournament Selection
**Bracket placement randomly determined** 
**Click on work title for more information**

Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych
Herbie Hancock, “Rockit”
Ray & Charles Eames, La Chaise
Gerrit Rietveld, Red Blue Chair
Notorious B.I.G., “Gimme the Loot”
Chris Burden, Shoot
Jasper Johns, 0 through 9
George Eliot, Middlemarch
Marina Abramovic, Seven Easy Pieces
Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
Puccini, La Boheme
Breaking Bad (Television Show)
Ursula Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness
Claus Oldenburg, Shuttlecocks
Tennessee Williams, Streetcar Named Desire
George Brecth, Water Yam
Eddie Cochran, “Summertime Blues”
Cindy Sherman, Untitled (Ice Skater)
Robert Rauschenberg, Erased De Koonig Drawing
T.S. Eliot, The Wasteland
The Sopranos (Television Show)
Mark Rothko, Orange Red Yellow
Michael Heizer, North East South West
Eric B & Rakim, “Paid in Full”
Leoncavallo, Pagliacci
Roy Lichtenstein, Takka-Takka
Louise Bourgeois, Maman
Tootsie (film)
Chris Marker, La Jetee
Agnes Martin, Falling Blue
Ed Ruscha, Standard Station
Alexander Calder, Cascading Flowers
Martin Picard, Squirrel Sushi
Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons, Watchmen
Marilyn Minter, Barbed
Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
William Shakespeare, As You Like It
Art Spiegelman, Maus
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Andres Serrano, Piss Christ
Robert Ryman, Varese Wall
Joseph Heller, Catch-22
Alban Berg, Wozzeck
Joni Mitchell, “Big Yellow Taxi”
Richard Serra, Tilted Arc
Joseph Beuys, Fat Chair

Aesthetics for Birds
Artworld Championship
 Official Tournament Schedule
**All listed times are Pacific Daylight Time**
March 17-18 1ST ROUND
The 1st-round match-ups will begin to appear on AFB at 8am on March 17th and continue to do so one per hour every hour until Midnight. The 1st-round match-ups will resume again at 8am on March 18th and continue to appear every hour until Midnight. The comments section for each 1st-round match up will be open only for one hour after which they will be closed.
March 19-20 2ND ROUND
Beginning at 8am on March 19, the 2nd-round matches will appear on AFB every 2 hours until Midnight, and resume again in the same fashion at 8am on March 20th. The comments section for all 2nd-round match-ups will be open for two hours then closed.
Beginning at 8am on March 21, the 3rd-round matches will appear on AFB every 4 hours until Midnight, and resume again in the same fashion at 8am on March 22nd. The comments section for all 3rd-round match-ups will be open for four hours then closed.
March 26-29 ELITE EIGHT
Beginning March 26th and continuing through March 29th, there will be two Quarterfinal match-ups a day: one at 8am and the other at 4pm. Comments section for each will be open for 8 hours then closed.
The first semifinal match-up will begin at 8am on April 4th and continue until 8pm that same day. The second semifinal will begin at 8am on April 5th and continue until 8pm that same day. Comments section for each will be open for 12 hours then closed.
April 6 FINALS
The final match shall begin at Noon on April 6th and continue through to Noon the next day, April 7th. Comments section will be open for 24 hours then closed.


  1. Wait–The Wire, the best television show in history, isn't included?

  2. Sorry the Wire was on the bubble this year. Perhaps if the tourney director gets around to watching the last half of the series, it'll break through next year.

  3. How many dance works?

  4. If the adjuncts vote, Harlan County has a shot.

  5. Was Duchamp a late scratching in favour of Shakespeare, or the other way around?

  6. Duchamp was erased. Maybe he'd have been pleased.

  7. Apparently dance works are all NIT this year

  8. Bracket has been fixed. King Lear is scratched in favor of In Advance of the Broken Arm.

  9. Where are the works of architecture? Comedy? Finger-paints?

  10. Although, after further reflection, at least one of the three chairs is from an architect, inclusion of the B.I.G. is, I assume, a joke and one could consider “Falling Blue” – as well as, intellectually at least, both readymades, as finger paint.

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  12. The seeding seems somewhat wonky, but maybe some artworks just had a bad season?

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