Leo Tolstoy, the Russian novelist, was embarrassed by his masterworks War and Peace as well as Anna Karenina. "It is truly the most expensive prototype session in the world of music," Irish recording artist Bono said according to their 1997 album Pop.

Across every decade, each country, as well as every culture, performers have disrupted their work. Whether the underlying reason to destroy stems from artistic expression, a desire to erase prior work, emotional pain, or all the above mistakes, actors take ownership of their artwork besides creating it as well as destroying it. Learn as much about the performers who destroyed their work, like Michaelangelo to Georgia O'Keeffe, or why the highly contested street and ideological artist Banksy once said, "the urge to decimate is also an artistic urge."

It's difficult to imagine how someone can pour untold hours and unfathomable energy into something, release it to near-universal acclaim, and then despise it for the rest of their lives. That's exactly what these 14 people did:


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