Artistic bummer

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Another artistic controversy fizzes out as the Classification Board classifies the photograph of Olympia Nelson on the cover of of Art Monthly magazine. The board decided the magazine is not suitable for children and rated it M (for mature audiences).

I really wonder what part of public this so called “public outcry” comes from. An average person, even if they are not into art has seen countless paintings of naked bodies. There are naked sculptures all around the world, just like the one of the young boy pictured here from a National Trust owned Everglades garden in Leura. These paintings and sculptures do not come with any ratings and yet they are commonly accepted, more to the point they are admired.

So, what suddenly makes contemporary art any different from the art created prior to current generation?

Catch 22

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The sign of this beggar says: “I need to work to eat and I need to eat to work. Catch 22” and his second board says “No house, no home, no phone, brain damage, no family support, desperate”.

I must say when I saw him and these two signs I though these were the wittiest homeless boards I have seen to date. I wonder if he only knows the phrase of “Catch 22” or has he also read the very cleverly written novel Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.

Heller demonstrates, in prosaic term, quite a philosophical dilemma, where little choice exists and although a remote possibility exists for desired to occur the reality is such that it never happens.