08/04/2021

Categories: Art & Design and Fine Art, Postgraduate

Scandalous Artworks of the Last 10 Years

If there is one thing that art does, it gets people talking! That’s most certainly what the controversial art that we are going to take a look at in this post has done.

If there is one thing that art should do, it is to create conversation. After all, art is a very objective thing. One piece of art may be considered a masterpiece to one person, yet it may leave another feeling uninspired.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most scandalous and controversial pieces of art from the past decade that has divided opinion.

ART WHORE by Ryder Ripps

We start with a controversial piece of art by Ryder Ripps. He presented the ‘ART WHORE’ project after he accepted an offer of a one-night artist’s residency at the Ace Hotel in New York. The project involved two escorts being invited who had been acquired via Craigslist. The escorts joined Ripps in his hotel room, and he documented their stay in the piece of controversial art. He instructed them to draw anything they wanted.

Zing Tsjeng, of Dazed, said the following about it:

It is “the same old story: a white dude co-opting someone else’s labour in his struggle to Make A Point. Nothing new about that.”

Whitney Kimball, an Art F City writer, said the project was “in the running for the most offensive project of 2014.”

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