May 14, 2015

Obscene, or just decadent?

On Monday, New York City’s Fox affiliate ran a segment about the record-breaking sale of Pablo Picasso’s Les Femmes d'Alger (version O), a modern masterpiece that was auctioned off for $179.35 million (including the commission paid to Christie’s). Like many of Picasso’s paintings, the work featured some female nudity, albeit of the Cubist variety—which the station decided to censor.

Inspired by the station’s expert blurring, we decided to see what other masterpieces of art history would look like if censored by an overzealous local news channel...


To quote a European friend from my business school days:  "In America you cannot show a nipple on television, but you can stick a grenade in someone's mouth and pull out the pin."


Blogger JAB said...

A far, far, far worse offender is Facebook, who, using a team of crack dorkbot twenty-something Savonarolas still tears down the posts of working artists and sometimes suspends their accounts without warning, because: oh dear tits. Meanwhile, more beheading videos: because news. A little decorous blurring is minor by comparison.

May 16, 2015 at 4:23 PM  

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