22/04/2021

Categories: Art & Design and Fine Art, Undergradute

Scandalous Artworks of the Last 10 Years

If there is one thing that art does, it gets people talking! That’s most certainly what the controversial art that we are going to take a look at in this post has done.

If there is one thing that art should do, it is to create conversation. After all, art is a very objective thing. One piece of art may be considered a masterpiece to one person, yet it may leave another feeling uninspired.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most scandalous and controversial pieces of art from the past decade that have divided opinion.

ART WHORE by Ryder Ripps

We start with a controversial piece of art by Ryder Ripps. He presented the ‘ART WHORE’ project after he accepted an offer of a one-night artist’s residency at the Ace Hotel in New York. The project involved two escorts being invited who had been acquired via Craigslist. The escorts joined Ripps in his hotel room, and he documented their stay in the piece of controversial art. He instructed them to draw anything they wanted.

Zing Tsjeng, of Dazed, said the following about it:

It is “the same old story: a white dude co-opting someone else’s labour in his struggle to Make A Point. Nothing new about that.”

Whitney Kimball, an Art F City writer, said the project was “in the running for the most offensive project of 2014.”

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Comedian by Maurizio Cattelan

More recently, in 2019, the “bad boy” of Italian art, Maurizio Cattlean, released Comedian, which is a piece of modern famous artwork that pokes fun at the pretentious attitudes that surround the art world of today. The artwork sees a banana gaffer taped to the wall. It is considered one of the most iconic pieces of art of recent times. It was sold for around £86,000, yet upon its sale, artist David Datuna destroyed the original by peeling back the gaffer tape and eating the banana.

Punk Prayer: Mother of God, Drive Putin Away by Pussy Riot

Another piece of controversial art to consider is a performance by Pussy Riot, a punk-protest group from Russia. Their guerrilla performance of Punk Prayer: Mother of God, Drive Putin Away was performed at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. Wearing balaclavas and bright clothes, they crossed, kneeled, danced, and jumped until they were seized by security guards.

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Taking an MA in Art, Design, Media & Fine Art at the University of Bolton

If you are interested in studying modern famous artwork or creating your own controversial art pieces, you might want to consider consider studying an MA in Art, Design, Media & Fine Art with the University of Bolton.

Our postgraduate Art and Design courses give you the ability to nurture your creative talents so that you are able to pursue a rewarding career within a numner of art sectors.

The Bolton School of the Arts has a history that stretches back more than 150 years, so you can be sure of vibrant and creative courses that are led by staff who are practising performers, writers, critics, makers, designers, and artists.

Over the past three years, we are delighted to have been voted No.1 for Student Satisfaction.* You can expect a diverse, exciting, and supportive learning environment, which is what University should be about.

If you would like to find out more about postgraduate study at the University of Bolton, you can reach us at +44 (0)1204 900 600 or by sending your enquiry to enquiries@bolton.ac.uk.

Why not come and enjoy #UniAsItShouldBe at the University of Bolton?

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