In 1917, the artist Marcel Duchamp exhibited in the Society of Independent Artists, nothing more and nothing less than a toilet. The advent of the modern art painting was the beginning of a gap in the artistic world: from there, it was established that worldly objects, when taken out of their context, could also be artistic works. The toilet, in particular, was baptized as La Fuente and since then, this conception of art has progressed giving way to avant-garde and conceptual modern art painting. In this artwork article, we are going to review the works of modern art painting that have left us more of stone, many times for not understanding the concept or thinking that they are laughing at us. But who are we to judge?
Modern Art: The Face Of Myra Hindley, Marcus Harvey (1995)
We will tell you where the problem is. It is the previously photographed face of Myra Hindley, a mugshot done by the police. This is the accomplice of one of the most famous crimes in the history of England. One of the two most hated people in the country for the indescribable pain caused by her boyfriend Ian Brady.
Those known as Moors Murderers were responsible for slaughtering 3 children and 2 teenagers. It happened in 1963 and was therefore sentenced to life imprisonment. This work of the painter, also British, is painted through traces in white, black and gray colors. But what if we told you that the prints are made with the mold of a child’s hand? No need to answer.
When the work was presented, it generated atrocious criticism and visceral reactions. Even Myra herself from prison asked to be removed because she was too morbid and for directly attacking the pain of the families affected by those horrible events. This was one of the most horrifying modern art paintings ever made.
Piss Christ, Andrés Serrano (1987)
Finally, the work of a religious who has not liked his Church very much. It consists of the image of a crucifix inside a glass full of the artist’s own urine, as is.
The opinions are contrary to this modern art painting: on the one hand, the author justifies the work as a way to confront all those who have made the Church a multi-million dollar company and those who take advantage of religion for their own benefit.
But the Church and other critics believed that it is a blasphemous act against Christianity. It is totally free and nihilistic. The work is part of a series in which the artist immersed various objects. These could be related to religion in fluids such as milk and blood, in addition to urine. At the time of its presentation, thanks to this work the Senate. It came to rethink the aid in the field of art. Not to mention the number of attempts to destroy it by fundamentalist groups across the globe.