Vandals destroy controversial Serrano photographs
October 10, 2007 8:53 AM Subscribe
On Friday, October 5th, a group of self proclaimed "National Socialists
into the Kulturen Gallery in Sweden
and destroyed nearly half of Andres Serrano's exhibit
"The History of Sex
". They videotaped themselves in the act
(alternate youtube link
, with stunning comments), set it to a heavy metal
soundtrack and released it on the internet. (WARNING: Assume all links are NSFW).Serrano
became notorious in 1989 when his "Piss Christ"
, a photograph of a crucifix submerged in urine, drew the ire of conservatives because it was supported by taxpayer funds through the National Endowment for the Arts. Since then, Serrano has been a lighting rod for both free-speech advocates and advocates of abolishing government-sponsored grants for the arts and humanities.
Unlike drunken revelers who slashed a Monet in Paris
two days later, these nazis filmed their rampage, editing the footage with text commentary and setting it to music. In doing so, did the vandals themselves create a work of art? Can the destruction of art every be justified on artistic grounds? Can propaganda be art?