Inthe 60x40in red and yellow photograph of a crucifix plunged into a vat of Serrano's urine ignited a congressional debate on US public arts funding; in France last year, it was physically attacked. In midtown Manhattan on Thursday night, a small group of Catholics opposed to the work gathered outside the Edward Tyler Nahem gallery, where the exhibition opened. Some Christians find the work deeply offensive.
The photograph by US artist Andres Serrano is called Piss Christ and has been the subject of repeated controversy since it was first shown in The photograph will be displayed as part of the Torture exhibition at the Void Gallery which will also feature images depicting the Hooded Men who were tortured and interned during the Northern Ireland Troubles. The new images for the exhibit were created by Serrano using more than 40 models who were subjected to a variety of interrogation techniques.
News that Trump has proposed defunding the National Endowment of the Arts, a grants system created in for promoting arts and the humanities, struck fear in the hearts of artists, art lovers and the organizations who support them. But it also provoked conservatives to trot out a very dusty argument about what exactly the NEA is good for, anyway. The argument goes something like this: The NEA needs to go because it funds garbage atheist liberal art.
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When New York artist Andres Serrano plunged a plastic crucifix into a glass of his own urine and photographed it in under the title Piss Christ, he said he was making a statement on the misuse of religion. Controversy has followed the work ever since, but reached an unprecedented peak on Palm Sunday when it was attacked with hammers and destroyed after an "anti-blasphemy" campaign by French Catholic fundamentalists in the southern city of Avignon. The violent slashing of the picture, and another Serrano photograph of a meditating nun, has plunged secular France into soul-searching about Christian fundamentalism and Nicolas Sarkozy's use of religious populism in his bid for re-election next year.
It depicts a small plastic crucifix submerged in a small glass tank of the artist's urine. The piece was a winner of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art 's "Awards in the Visual Arts" competition,  which was sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Artsa United States Government agency that offers support and funding for artistic projects. The work generated a large amount of controversy based on assertions that it was blasphemous.
By Gareth Harris. The image was at the centre of the so-called culture wars in the s when conservative politicians and religious groups bitterly denounced the work after it was shown at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in It marked the beginning of what has since become known in the United States as the culture wars.
There's nothing more entertaining than when a controversial cultural relic resurfaces to incite anger all over again. Such is the case this week albeit on a much milder scale with "Piss Christ," Andres Serrano's infamous artwork from the s, set to hit the Sotheby's auction block Thursday. You may or may not remember the powerful piece of contemporary artwork that riled devout Catholics and grumpy fiscal conservatives nearly three decades ago.
The below artworks are the most important by Andres Serrano - that both overview the major creative periods, and highlight the greatest achievements by the artist. The first, a nude woman bound at the wrists with rope, throws her head back as blood streams down her neck and torso, whilst the second, dressed in the robes of a Catholic cardinal, turns away dismissively. Serrano explained this image as "referring to the relationship the Church has with women", questioning whether "they are aware of women as human beings or just take them for granted and dismiss them.