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1-Although controversial art is not a topic exclusive to the 20th century, the distribution of information regarding controversial art has increased with the proliferation of media. Please discuss an example of a 20th century controversial work of art from any discipline of the humanities (music, literature, sculpture, film, etc.) and an accompanying statement from the artist(s)

  • Based on your example, to what extent does controversial art make a social contribution?
  • Are governments ever justified in censoring art?

2-Consider that many of history’s most renowned and prolific artists were essentially tradesmen doing work for pay. While being an “artist” is a conceit in today’s society and carries with it a certain implied intellectualism, artists as famed as as Michelangelo were, to a certain extent, simply painting and sculpting commissioned work for which they hoped to be paid.
Now, the above facts do not negate or diminish the idea of art with a purpose and there is nothing to suggest that even work for hire artists did not attempt to impart a purpose and agenda in their work; however, it does seem that art can be divided into two camps: art that is produced in the hope of monetary recompense and art that is produced for “art’s sake”.

  • With this in mind, where do we (class) stand on the question of purpose in art?
  • Should art have a purpose?
  • What responsibility does the artist have to create work that is more than merely decorative or intended to reap some sort of reward or recompense?