"A History of Sex" Elicits Violent Response
with any movement, the left or the right, I don't trust either
of them. I try to keep my distance, but when you say your work
is political art, you limit your audience and you put its
meaning on the table. It's important to be more mysterious.
I think of my work as having a social conscious, but it's not
necessarily something I need to talk about. I let you read how
you need to read it." ~ Andres Serrano
This report from The New York Times on vandals in Lund, Sweden who destroyed photographs by Andres Serrano (pictured above). Serrano is perhaps best known for his "blasphemous" works. While the images in his "A History of Sex" exhibition in part trade on that theme, they seem more to seek to shock with exlicitness or at times with a suggestion of explicitness. Here is a relatively tame example.
© Andres Serrano
I have to say that this work strikes me as banal and derivative. (After all, A.S. invites us to ascribe meaning to it as we see fit!) But I don't see forcing one's way into a museum or gallery to destroy it.
P.S.: (Added somewhat later) I urge you to watch the way the "vandals" operate. These are not youngsters pulling a prank. They are Neo-Nazi thugs. Their home made propaganda video was on Youtube this afternoon but now has been removed. You can find it here instead. Listen for the jackboots marching!