“They used to hang killers on the gallows. Now they hang them in the gallery,” For more on Myra, see my previous post.
When serial killer Myra Hindley’s portrait by Marcus Harvey was hung by the Royal Gallery (with children’s fingerprints making up the composition of her face), it was attacked with ink and egg and defended by the art establishment. When the Virgin Mary was portrayed with cut outs of pornographic pictures and elephant dung by Chris Ofili, (the latter to represent the political views of Post-Colonial Africa) and the artist gained notoriety from a failed lawsuit by Giuliani and Ofili ensconced himself as a darling in the British art establishment. Both Harvey and Ofili profited in the art world by creating sensational shocking depictions. Yet when artists criticize or satirize the prophet Mohammed, they get a Fatwah put on them and we don’t exactly see the art academy or anyone else rushing to their defense BEFORE they are killed. I would like to see the “shocking” and “so brave” Young British Artists to address topics that should have notoriety, such as the oppression, mutilation and killing of women and gays by Islam, the violence of ISIS, and human trafficking.