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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Art Criticism

posted by on October 9 at 13:35 PM

Neo-Nazi style:

From the New York Times:

A grainy video of four masked vandals running through an art gallery in Sweden, smashing sexually explicit photographs with crowbars and axes to the strain of thundering death-metal music, was posted on YouTube Friday night.

This was no joke or acting stunt. It was what actually happened on a quiet Friday afternoon in Lund, a small university town in southern Sweden where “The History of Sex,” an exhibition of photographs by the New York artist Andres Serrano, had opened two weeks earlier.

Around 3:30, half an hour before closing, four vandals wearing black masks stormed into a space known as the Kulturen Gallery while shouting in Swedish, “We don’t support this,” plus an expletive. They pushed visitors aside, entered a darkened room where some of the photographs were displayed and began smashing the glass protecting the photographs and then hacking away at the prints.

The bumpy video, evidently shot with a hand-held camera by someone who ran into the gallery with the attackers, intersperses images of the Serrano photographs with lettered commentary in Swedish like “This is art?” before showing the vandals at work.

Video via Towleroad.

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1

chilling

Posted by boxofbirds | October 9, 2007 1:43 PM
2

Church stained glass is tasteless to me. I think a mature way to handle this distaste would be to go smash the shit out of it. Developing...

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 9, 2007 1:44 PM
3

NEO-fascist? This fascism stands on its own; it's not some kind of throwback.. It's just a lot more common here in Freedomland.

Posted by UK NATIONAL LOTTERY | October 9, 2007 1:47 PM
4

Amazing how religious nutcases and Nazis have so much in common when it comes to art censorship. Three peas in a pod: Christianity, Islam and National Socialism.

Posted by oljb | October 9, 2007 1:55 PM
5

NEO as in New and improved! Now with Sprinkles!

Art is that weird something that makes people go insane.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | October 9, 2007 1:55 PM
6

I like that print with the woman who has her finger(? or hand?) up the man's ass. Here's hoping the artist makes new prints.

Posted by Carollani | October 9, 2007 2:01 PM
7

Wasn't Serrano the guy who got in the Endowment Arts funding hooey about his menorah in a jar of piss?

Provocative guy. Kudos.

Posted by brandon | October 9, 2007 2:08 PM
8

Heck it must be art.

Provacative? More like childish.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 9, 2007 2:12 PM
9

Anyone think that this could have been a publicity stunt? I don't actually think that this is the case, but it sure has gotten the artist's name in the news.

Posted by Leeerker | October 9, 2007 2:18 PM
10

at least its not a friggin' monet! its only photographic prints. they're replaceable.

and serrano sure as shit is art. fascists.

Posted by maxsolomon | October 9, 2007 2:35 PM
11

"Plus an expletive." Oh, the New York Times. When will you realize that your lack of comics means that only grown-ups are reading you?

Posted by Kiru Banzai | October 9, 2007 2:35 PM
12

i don't think it was a publicity stunt -- i was art.

Posted by infrequent | October 9, 2007 2:55 PM
13

"it was art". not "i was art." although, come to think of it, maybe i was art...

Posted by infrequent | October 9, 2007 2:58 PM
14

If you were art, you should go to Paris, so a young woman could kiss you.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 9, 2007 3:20 PM
15

wow. Male penis envy much?

I swear, when I lived in Sweden the few neo-nazis I encountered were tight-ass morons. This confirms it.

Posted by Seriously | October 9, 2007 3:29 PM
16

@7,

That was a cross, not a menorah, so you can imagine the hilarity that ensued.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 9, 2007 3:29 PM
17

At first I was horrified by this, but in a way, it's just art doing its job: exposing society for what it is. Well done, Serrano.

Kind of reminds me of that art scandal in Vancouver back in the 80s when some guy was going to crush Sparky the rat (Spanky? Spunky?) under a cement block in front of the art gallery. Hysterical SPCA fanatics chased him through the city, and the show did not go on. That is to say, the art was sacrificed, but the rat was saved.

Posted by Irena | October 9, 2007 3:31 PM
18

In the past week the deaths of Spc. Vincent G. Kamka, 23, and Lance Cpl. Jeremy Burris, 22, marked the 100th and 101rst Washington state related deaths in the Bush/Savage war on Iraq.

Excerpt from "Say Yes To War" by Dan Savage October 2002:

In the meantime, invading and rebuilding Iraq will not only free the Iraqi people, it will also make the Saudis aware of the consequences they face if they continue to oppress their own people while exporting terrorism and terrorists. The War on Iraq will make it clear to our friends and enemies in the Middle East (and elsewhere) that we mean business: Free your people, reform your societies, liberalize, and democratize... or we're going to come over there, remove you from power, free your people, and reform your societies for ourselves.

Posted by Mterrmil | October 9, 2007 5:40 PM
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In the past week the deaths of Spc. Vincent G. Kamka, 23, and Lance Cpl. Jeremy Burris, 22, marked the 100th and 101rst Washington state related deaths in the Bush/Savage war on Iraq.

Excerpt from "Say Yes To War" by Dan Savage October 2002:

In the meantime, invading and rebuilding Iraq will not only free the Iraqi people, it will also make the Saudis aware of the consequences they face if they continue to oppress their own people while exporting terrorism and terrorists. The War on Iraq will make it clear to our friends and enemies in the Middle East (and elsewhere) that we mean business: Free your people, reform your societies, liberalize, and democratize... or we're going to come over there, remove you from power, free your people, and reform your societies for ourselves.

Posted by regina | October 9, 2007 5:48 PM
20

#18 & 19 FUCK OFF, it was FIVE years ago!

Posted by Irena | October 9, 2007 5:53 PM
21

I know, instead of blaming anyone actually responsible, I'll keep bringing up the published opinion of someone who had no say in national decisions! Holy worthy of time, batman.

If once wasn't enough, I'll just go ahead and do it twice.

Posted by Me | October 9, 2007 9:49 PM
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I know, instead of blaming anyone actually responsible, I'll keep bringing up the published opinion of someone who had no say in national decisions! Holy worthy of time, batman.

If once wasn't enough, I'll just go ahead and do it twice.

Posted by Me | October 9, 2007 9:49 PM

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