Controversy Around Modern Art

The world of modern art has really blown up in the past generation, thanks to the advent of the internet primarily, but also thanks to the natural progression and cultivation of different mediums for people to express themselves. Personally, I’m not much of an artist, though I’ve certainly studied a fair amount and have many friends in the industry who have helped me cultivate my own sense of taste. I’m excited about the ways that people have been able to express themselves, but I’m also taking it with a grain of salt as there are many people out there who use artistic expression in very controversial ways that are arguably insulting and insensitive to others.


Here is what one might call a relatively controversial piece of pop art. © Ian Burt.

Now I can’t say I completely agree or disagree with the message in this image, since I know I’ve been using Microsoft products since the infancy of that country, so it would be hypocritical for me to start wanting to attack them for their business tactics. Besides that, in a capitalist nation such as the United States where the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, began the company, one can only expect that if a business starts to become successful that it will start to branch out and grow as much as possible. I guess I enjoy the image just for its tone of “sticking it to the man” but at the same time, I’m quite comfortable with the fact that no matter how big a business gets, artists will always have places to showcase their work without any outside interferences, such as a huge corporation, trying to monopolize and control what they can or cannot do. After all, at its heart, art is about human expression.


I think this humorous comic image of the great artist Salvador Dali is just the kind of thing to help me get my mind out of the negativity of the things that affect the art industry. © Jerine Lay.

I’ll be looking back at this image in a moment but speaking of the negativity in the industry, I’m instantly reminded of some paintings that depicted religious iconic individuals (such as Jesus Christ) in traditional postures and styles, but with their gender being changed to that of the opposite sex they are known to be, or (even more controversially) with fecal matter spattered onto them. I’m sure at the time there were many critics who saw this as an artistic message about how the media has trivialized and treated religious icons like the fecal matter strewn onto them, but there were a great deal of critics that saw this as little more than an excuse to be grossly insulting to the religious institutions that the icons represented. I suppose I prefer art that doesn’t feel a need to send a political or ideological message and make an expression more about the human experience, about love, or loss or things that are more of a universal expression.


Here’s a photo of a highly stylized piece of graffiti art from Los Angeles, definitely more aesthetically pleasing to the eye than the graffiti I’m used to seeing! © A Syn.