Art under attack….

There has been a recent outbreak of attacks on art both in the United States and abroad. Some of the art under attack is controversial because of the content and imagery while and other pieces are under attack because of the context of the political climate. These attacks have been both literal and physical.

There was a great piece on The Rachael Maddow Show on my birthday that really talked about these attacks in detail.

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My absolute favorite thing that Rachael said on the subject was about how the French Museum, where art work by American Artist Andres Serrano was attacked, put the art back on display in its damaged condition:

“Inanimate art cannot yell back. It cannot hit back. The only way art wins against force is if you can put the attack itself on display. See how that looks in the bright light of day, see how that holds up to history”

I can’t help but be outraged by these attacks both the physical and the political. Art is “the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.” These attacked pieces of artwork are an expression of the emotions and culture of the artist and were not on display to insight outrage whether physical or political.

In the spirit of putting attacked art back on display, I am posting pictures and videos of the art that has recently been under attack and some past pieces of great work that have been attacked based on their content.


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For more information check out the following:

Time Newsfeed’s Art Attack: Woman freaks out over Gauguin Painting at Washington’s National Gallery

Reel RX Art: The 10 BEST Abused Artworks Ever…

Hyperallergic: Art Work Attacked in Colorado Museum

Herald Sun: Controversial Andres Serrano photo, Piss Christ, attacked again

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