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Art or Just Plain Crap?

Art or Just Plain Crap? - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 1 Star Rating)

Art challenges us to search our souls and minds by creating welcome (and not so welcome,) debate among our peers. But should we ever draw the line on offensive art? Kidzworld is letting you decide!

The great thing about artwork is that a million different people can interpret it in a million different ways. Art challenges us to search our souls and minds by creating welcome (and not so welcome,) debate among our peers. But are some artists out for shock value more than anything else? And if they are, is this an abuse of the artistic community? When should we, if ever, draw the line on offensive art? Kidzworld is going to let you decide!

Back in 1999, a controversial art exhibit called "Sensation" arrived at the Brooklyn Museum of Arts. It didn't take long for the show to receive tons of criticism from both the public and the mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani. Many, including the mayor, were outraged at pieces that used elephant feces and dead farm animals to portray the artists' disgust for the Christian religion.

Holy Virgin Mary drew the most attention from onlookers. The painting is a depiction of the Virgin Mary as a black woman and is splattered with elephant dung. Mayor Giuliani called the art exhibit "anti-Catholic," and because the Brooklyn Museum of Art receives funding each year from the city of New York, the mayor took the museum to court to decide if the city should have to continue with such financial support.

In the end, the Brooklyn Museum of Art won and the city does still contribute to the museum's operating fund. that Mayor Giuliani and the citizens of New York had a legitimate case?

At the same time as the Holy Virgin Mary protests, a group of people thought it would be fun to create a painting called Jesus Rising #4, which eventually drew more attention than the cast of Friends showing up at your birthday party. Stories of peeps protesting because Jesus Rising #4 wasn't "anti-christian" enough, soon made their way around the 'net. Non-Christians, offended by the Christian religion, were said to have marched in front of New York's Whitney Museum with signs that read, "Where's the Feces?" and "Blasphemy Now!" Some suggested that the painting be smeared with blood, while others were happy to see any bodily fluid incorporated into the work of art in protest of the Christian religion itself. The painting ended up staying just the way painter Miguel Nunez had intended it to be - feces free. Soon this hoax was uncovered and it turned out that Jesus Rising #4 never existed, nor did Miguel Nunez, but it did create some pretty interesting debate about art!

Controversial paintings from New York City art galleries.
Holy Virgin Mary and Jesus Rising #4

1 Jesus Christ is beautiful and not crap. For you to say that to me is offensive to my religion. How would you like it if I said your religion's artwork was just plain "CRAP?" So, it's not crap. It's lovley. But although Jesus is lovley, I think the picture of Mary is offensive.

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What do you think about these works of art, the controversy that surrounds them and art censorship? Should there be limits on what is legitimate art, or should we let everything fall under the heading of "Freedom of Artistic Expression?" Should religious beliefs be taken into account when dealing with art censorship? to Kidzworld and we'll post 'em up!

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    Amount of $ Brooklyn Museum gets from NYC?

    • A hundred thousand dollars each year.
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    • Half a million dollars each year.
    • The museum gets eight million dollars a year.

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    Fairkss
    Explanation: Hoshi was best friends with the moon girl, Sina who secretly loved him but they drifted apart when Hoshi met Dimitre, a Russian boy. He hung out with Dimitre more and they both fell in love with each other. However, Sina was jealous and so she got Cira, the sun girl, who was in love with Dimitre to distract him and hang out with him. Dimitre was too kind to reject her so he just hung out with her. In the shadows, Sina was bullying and threatening Hoshi not to meet with Dimitre because if he did she would hurt Dimitre. One day Hoshi couldn't handle it and so he ran to find Dimitre after school. He saw Dimitre and went towards him only to get hit by a car. Dimitre saw Hoshi lying on the floor and rushed towards him and hugged him while Hoshi slowly died in his arms. Dimitre never got over his death after that point.
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    Fairkss
    There once was a boy named Hoshi. Just like his name his smile was as bright as the stars in the sky. One day he met another boy who's eyes were a mixture of the aqua ocean and green land, Earth. His name was Dimitre and he came from a far away land. They fell hard for each other. Their love stronger than anything in the galaxy. The star left the moon's side to join hands with the earth in their journey of love. But a girl carrying a name that meant the moon felt jealous. Jealous of the stars love for the Earth. She wanted to make it so that Hoshi could never meet Dimitre again, and with the help of another girl with her sun-kissed hair, the star could never see the Earth. The sun would blind the Earth so much that he couldn't see Hoshi who would shine brightly with teary eyes, and then when the sun would go to sleep so did the Earth, and only the stars would feel pain. Months went by and Hoshi's heart only broke harder and harder until a plan popped in his brain. The star, lost and all alone, cut off the wings that allowed him to shine and he fell out of the sky with hot fiery pain. Dimitre saw Hoshi in his hurt and painful state and embraced him. They could finally be together. Only for a brief moment, until Hoshi could feel himself slip into a deep sleep wrapped in Dimitre's arms. The star had gone out, and had left a gaping hole in the Earth's heart that could never be filled.
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    nqme
    nqme posted in Debating:
    I appreciate it, but that doesn't help my conscience.  To me, you're practically saying "if one of us dies, that's okay because there are still plenty of other humans all around the world".  I don't put other animals above us, of course, but they still exist.  Anyway, good day.  Enjoy this egg's before  [s:p/1n9v] and after  [s:p/1n7e] because I'm not sure how to say "good day" without sounding sarcastic.
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    Igiveuponthename
    That's because of our own human nature. We often value ourselves more than anyone else. Everybody affects everybody indirectly. People value progress over everything. One day the world will come crashing down, and with this crumbling and twisted society with it. Want to make a difference? Well, it's not too late to start.
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    Fairkss
    Fairkss posted in Say Anything:
    I really hate how society is built. I really hate how unaccepting people are and how we have gotten this far due to sacrifices and inflicting pain on others. Why do we do this to our own kind? ​We are just destroying ourselves because we are unable to understand why some people do what they do. Why can't we just accept people for how they are? They're heart and their soul. I know the world can't be perfect but honestly right now the world isn't okay. Of course I'm just a kid so whatever I say won't matter but anyways that's just what has been on my mind lately :)
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