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Emily Fetzner

on 20 April 2010

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Controversial Art: Deserving of public funding? WHat Is Censorship?

It is “the supervision by one individual or group over the artistic expression of another individual or group”
--Rita Gilbert, author of “Living with Art,” Marcel Duchamp

A French/ American artist
Widely known for his controversial peice "Fountain" What is art?
According to the National Endowment for the Arts, “art, in all its forms, feeds and nurtures the soul of a society; provokes thought and debate; causes critical thinking; and fosters understanding of things foreign to our own immediate world. In the end, the arts play a primary role in encouraging healthy tolerance of the diversity in any culture” Pablo Picasso
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907
“Censoring art, even indecent art, is not decent; it is thuggish,
it is unconstitutional, undemocratic and deeply unwise” (Kushner).
It should not be in anybody's interest to tread on freedom of expression. Censoring art limits artists’ freedom of expression The National Endowment for the Arts should go by the "general standards of decency and respect for the diverse beliefs and values of the American public" when awarding art funds (Kentworthy). The government is “just deciding what is best for their communities” but a healthy state needs vigorous, lively, pluralistic debate (Kushner) Censorship of arts with children?
Kids do not emotional feelings about this kind of artwork. People need maturity to understand specific art. If they do not contain the maturity to appreciate the art then instead of making it a big issue they have the option of not looking at the art at all “censorship of the arts is one of the strongest weapons against freedom”
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