Bestial Art Taken Down, thoughts?

6 Aug

I was listening to the radio yesterday and I heard that there was an artwork taken down at a gallery next to the Ritz hotel in London. The reason being that it was inappropriate.

The picture by the late British artist Robert Lenkiewicz depicts bestiality with a goat. Apparently, guests we’re put off their tea or were disgusted upon their check-in to the hotel. So much so, that the Ritz has had to demand that the gallery take it off display. The gallery first argued that it had been put on a revolving platform so there were going to be times where it was not shown to the public. But after parents had companied that their children had been exposed to inappropriate material the gallery decided to take it down. One gallery worker said: ‘It’s interesting watching peoples’ reactions as they walk past. Many can’t believe what they have just seen. He is still creating controversy, even in death.’

Then the debate began on the show, as to whether this was the right thing to do or not. The point on the Ritz’s side is that it has put customers off their tea etc. and it is not something that the public should have to see. The opposing point is that the point of art is that it is supposed to create a reaction, to stir the pot, this is what it is doing.

I can’t make up my mind as to which side I’m on. Thoughts? Comment below!

http://www.clarendonfineart.com/

4 Responses to “Bestial Art Taken Down, thoughts?”

  1. scrounger1984 August 6, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Truly, although I do agree that art is supposed to incite a reaction, I confess that my own prejudices are telling me to take that piece of art down. Bestiality is just too outside the norm for me. Additionally, I really don’t like the idea of that piece of art being shown to children. Children should be kept innocent just a little bit longer I think.

    • aculturedlad August 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

      Thanks for the comment!

      I completely agree that this is by no means a picture that kids should see! I think it’s possible that people are creating a bit too big of a deal out of this. Though in the end, I think I would have to agree that this is something that everyone should have to see, it shouldn’t be displayed in a window.

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      • scrounger1984 August 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

        I subscribed a while ago. You’re posts are all very interesting. Also, thank you for “liking” one of my posts. It’s the first one I’ve received. Lol. An noteworthy moment. =)

      • aculturedlad August 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

        Thank you!

        Not at all, your posts are interesting too. I understand the excitement. As you can see, my blog is very new too, so I get excited as well when I get a new comment 😛

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