Thursday, April 15, 2010

Red Fragments art controversy in Melbourne

It seems that not a week goes by without at least one story about some ultra-provocative state funded art exhibition. The latest controversy of this kind is the Red Fragments artwork.

The work includes representations of blood from various sources including dead babies, decapitated neo-nazi victims and dead baby seals. While the "artist" has clearly made a big effort to shock people with the content, it doesn't look like there's much actual artistic - and dare I say it, aesthetic - skill used in creating the work.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle defends the piece with the usual cant about art having a duty to push the boundaries, etc. Bizarrely, he adds that without this kind of creative expression the city would be "joyless".

Eh? Purported baby's blood slapped on panels hardly sounds joyful to me!

Predictably, the alleged artwork also has a climate change theme.

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