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When is art too risky or offensive to display? You tell me.


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As regular readers already know, I worked for years as an artist, an actor, and a comedienne; my husband is a TV producer, my father-in-law, parents, and grandparents are/were all visual and/or musical and/or written-word artists. So our backgrounds and careers are all steeped in the arts, which is why I balk when people start deciding what is, and what isn't art.

I came across a very interesting piece at HuffPo, and I'd love to see what you guys think. Is this piece at The Cincinnati Art Museum too controversial? IMHO, it's not, because it's "provocative" art, not "real life." It's an artist's conception, his representation of life, ideas, impressions, sensibilities. It's... art.

But again, let's see what you think.

Via Martha Rosenberg, investigative reporter and award-winning author:

[A] a display at the Cincinnati Art Museum by conceptual artist Todd Pavlisko is igniting similar debate. Crown, which opened on March 15, consists of a 36-inch brass cube with 19 holes in a plexiglass case with eight flat-screens flanking visitors as they approach the cube. What is so controversial about that? The audio and video on the flat-screens record, in slow motion, the firing of a Tactical 308 rifle by a sharpshooter within the walls of the Cincinnati Art Museum which is how the cube came to sustain its holes. Nineteen bullets were fired by a Navy SEAL in 2012 past masterpieces in the museum's Schmidlapp Gallery like Warhol's "Soup Can" and Duveneck's "Whistling Boy." [...]

The rifle became an actual"drawing tool" says Pavlisko and the sharpshooter's use of physics to place each bullet on the brass cube are part of the artistic statement. [...]

While the Cincinnati Art Museum had to get city permission for creation of Crown and patrons and employees were not present during the shooting, the exhibition continues to draw antipathy.

Regular readers also know that I'm no fan of guns. I detest gun violence. However, if I lived in the area, I'd have no problem going to this exhibit without getting all worked up into a lather. Then again, I'm one of those crazy, radical artistic types who believes in free expression of ideas, both abstract and literal, visual and written. I say go for it.


Driving Home Art


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I appreciate art. I'm not good at it but visits to galleries and art fairs are something my wife and I do quite often. Art show openings are something we look forward to. And we've been amazed at so many kinds of expression through creative endeavor.

We've seen pictures painted with brushes, chalk, pastels, charcoal, oil paint, water paint, acrylics, light, shadow, outside materials, pieces of pictures, yarn, leaves, woven palm fronds, pencil, dirt, even feces. Yes, that last one is true.

But it always comes down to the art.  That's what we respond to. Yet you can't help but watching someone build a sand sculpture, drawing a caricature, wielding a chainsaw, an ax, a knife or other device to express themselves.That's part of the fun. No matter the outcome.

So, when we come across an new form or style of creating pictures, count us in.

I just came across a first for me.  Have you ever seen anyone create a picture using a Land Rover?  Yes, that Land Rover. The car. Well if you are like me and my wife, here's a first -- the artist is Ian Cook from Great Britain. I hope you enjoy this new generating of expressing oneself. Drive carefully and don't forget to gas up and support the arts.