OK, I don’t have an art degree, I’ve never worked at a museum, and I probably don’t have the most refined taste in the world, but, I don’t have a picture of Elvis on Velvet,
and I don’t have a picture of Dogs Playing Poker either!
For the life of me I can’t understand why it’s a crime to belittle Mohammed in art, as the Swedes did in the past and the French have done recently , and thanks for that little relief from the movie flack, yet belittling Christ in art is perfectly OK.
A French magazine has raised the hackles of Islam again with it’s cartoon of a naked Mohammed in a wheel chair. Of course, they made it worse since the guy pushing said wheel chair is a Jew.
And now, the Egyptian government wants to try the seven people who made the film along with the renegade preacher in Florida who is promoting it. Every one every where is ranting and raving over the injustice and the sacrilege. Every one every where is furious that people are so disrespectful, callous, unkind, intolerant, and demeaning of the religion of others.
Where were these people in 1987?
Remember that flack?
Andres Serrano, an artist photographer, produced a picture of a Crucifix submerged in a glass of his own urine, and millions called it art. He called it, and it took me a few days to decide to write this line, “Piss Christ”. Art critics justified his sacrilege as art, defended his right to produce it, and referred to the Catholics, Baptists, and Evangelicals who were incensed over it as “wing nuts”, “wackos”, “art destroyers”, and “morons”. Those are all quotes from art critics and journalists of the time.
Millions of Catholics were outraged by the ‘art’, but no one reported a passel of violent Nuns storming a gallery! Christians every where thought it blasphemous, but the art critics proclaimed it art. And the US government gave Serrano $15,000 for the ‘work’. Which I might add sent Jesse Helms and Al D’Amato over the edge! The piece was a winner in the “Awards in the Visual Arts” competition. It was a photograph, which frankly, is more science, lighting, and luck!!
Bette Midler once said, “…modern art is supposed to be the panacea for the ills of mankind, but we still buy the painting that looks best over the sofa.” Well, I guess it’s back to I may not know art, but I know what I DON’T like!
Am I missing something?