Thursday, April 7, 2011

Let's Be Proactive and Censor our Masterpieces

This week, Susan Burns was so outraged over the depiction of the topless Tahitian women in Paul Gauguin's Two Tahitian Women at the National Gallery, that she attacked it with her own fists. She was stopped from doing major damage by a Gallery employee.

Burns' actions are part of a continuing trend to censor the public display of art that is felt by some, to be too sexual. Even classic reproductions on billboards cannot escape a stealthy modification by an unsettled viewer. (Jump to story, "When Graffiti Becomes Art".)

In her post, "Famous Works of Art Censored for Sensitive Types," Marina Galperina suggests that "there are some seriously sexy paintings in art history that must be cleaned up." Galperina realizes that "we can’t get them all" but provides a small gallery of famous works that have been censored for stress-free public viewing.  It's Galperina's contribution to eliminate public pornography by doing some "much needed censoring, before the next art attack."

The following are just four examples from her effort to block unfit images from unsuspecting viewers.

To view all fourteen, click here.

Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

The Salon 1 by Otto Dix

Blue Flower and Red Canna by Georgia O'Keeffe

Reclining Nude by Modigliani

Meanwhile at the National Gallery, I wonder what they're going to do to make Two Tahitian Women more acceptable to the more sensitive members of the general public. Perhaps they should drape the entire painting until a politically acceptable resolution is achieved.

Pro-modesty people beware, a temporary uncensored photo of Gauguin's homoerotic painting follows this sentence.

If you must look down, please use your finger to cover the offensive parts of this painting.


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