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Re: “Artist says censorship of public exhibit shows "lack of understanding"

I actually found this article very interesting. I was just having a conversation with my mother about doing a research paper on the difference between art and pornography and how we decide what should be censored when she told me of this story. The human body is beautiful and it is the hardest form to perfect when it comes to art, which is why it is so commonly shown nude throughout the centuries. But isn't there a line to be drawn? I'm not saying that her piece should be censored completely, because I have not viewed it. I'm just saying, viewing "art" such as Mapplethorpe’s, I don't consider that art at all, rather pornography. This is my personal opinion. I know there would be major problems if his work was hung in a window for everyone in the world to view. I have viewed his work on the internet just once and wish never to see it again because it offends me, even as a striving artist. Like someone said earlier, this work should be shown in private that way people have a CHOICE whether they want to view it or not. If you were forced to view something that offends you, if it was put in public for everyone to see, I'm sure that you would have a fit about it as well and want it shown privately. You may have the freedom of expression, but we have the freedom to view what we want and not view what we don't want to see.

Posted by Taylor on 04/23/2008 at 6:53 PM

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