Monday, April 18, 2011

Andres Serrano's "Piss Christ" Destroyed by French Protesters

By Angelique Chrisafis
Andres Serrano's Piss Christ has been destroyed by Christian protesters
who broke into a gallery in Avignon, France, and slashed the photograph
FRANCE - The controversial work "Piss Christ" by the New York photographer Andres Serrano has been destroyed at a gallery in France after weeks of protests. The photograph, which shows a small crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist's urine, outraged the US religious right in 1987, when it was first shown, with Serrano denounced in the Senate by the Republican Jesse Helms. It was later vandalised in Australia, and neo-Nazis ransacked a show by the artist in Sweden in 2007. The work has previously been shown without incident in France, but for the past two weeks Catholic groups have campaigned against it, culminating in hundreds of people marching through Avignon on Saturday in protest. [link]


Jack said...

I think he is enjoying offending other people. There is no question that destruction of the "piece" it was intended effect by the "artist"
What about his next great "artistic" project? Is this going be Cross made from phallus or pupu?
or maybe he should move his religious interpretations to more interreligious fields so we can have more ambassadors killed.

Ernest O. Britton said...

You are likely right that he probably smiles everytime someone takes offense, but what if he is starting the kind of dialogue we need? What if he is asking us to see what society is doing? That politics, religious leaders, and elitism is like putting Christ in a bottle of urine?