Thursday, May 16, 2013

Kapoor vs Maroun: German customs in double standards

A while back I blogged about the very powerful works of Johnny Maroun. Johnny was supposed to exhibit in Casa Gaudi in Barecelona but his works never made it beyond the German customs who found the method used to make the works disturbing and were investigating them (Johnny is using violence in art by shooting acrylic from a pellet gun to generate the effect of blood). Below is one of the works from the Sang Facon series:
But today, I found that another artist using wax to simulate blood has been given the clearance to do a major show - one of the most celebrated sculptors in the world Anish Kapoor will be exhibiting his piece "Shooting in the corner" which involves a canon shooting red wax pallets on a wall has been given a room all of its own in Kapoor's new show (entitled "kapoor in Berlin). Below is the photo of the work:
Which begs the question to the German authorities: When does a work merit further inspection when it involves "blood" (or the effect of blood). When it is attached to a super-known name in the world of art, apparently there's no problem. When a budding Lebanese artist is trying to make a statement about the senselessness of violence, the works get confiscated. Isn't that double standard? No, better, it is a double edged sword - it cuts both ways. 
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