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"National Debate Over Art Censorship Now Goes Online"
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Even if you missed The Brooklyn Museum of Art's exhibition, SENSATION, it's
not too late to see what the ruckus was all about and why lots of people,
including Mayor Rudolf Guiliani, were outraged. You can now go online, see
exhibit highlights, find a summary of all the key issues, and participate in
the new discussion forum on art hosted by the web site,
At the center of the controversy is the collage, entitled Holy Virgin Mary
by Chris Ofili. Depicted with elephant dung and surrounded by magazine cut
outs of sexual organs, this image of Virgin Mary is unlike any you have seen
before...and to many people represents a religious sacrilege.
According to Eve Johnson, President of SpecialtyArts.Com, Inc., a newly
formed Kirkland, Washington based company, our mission is to serve as a
significant online community resource for the visual arts. With plans to
become the central web site for showcasing quality crafted artwork and
introducing talented artists from around the world, SpecialtyArts.Com, Inc.
hopes to also raise public awareness and appreciation for contemporary art.
The question being raised in this month's discussion is whether there should
be limits to what is presented as art. The question is complex and
SpecialtyArts.Com, Inc. plans to publish all comments and suggested
resources that contribute positively to the discussion and invite an
exchange of ideas.
The Discussion Forum is one of several regular features found on the site,
designed to keep the public informed about the world of art. As a
consolidator of art news, SpecialtyArts.Com, Inc. posts a calendar of art
exhibitions and fairs plus listings of fine art museums, online exhibits,
art schools, art workshops, and online art publications. If you have
interest in the visual arts, you'll definitely want to bookmark
www.SpecialtyArts.Com as a key reference source.