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]