25 Peaces - An Art Controversy
You might expect to see this on FOX News!! But in Europe, The land of Nude Beaches??
The BBC reported the other day of a public outrage over an Austrian Public Art project. Starting on Dec 27th, the project called 25 Peaces included 150 Roadside Billboards by artists celebrating 60 years of the Austrian Republic, and 10 years as members of the EU. (one Additional Story from Spiegel)
Needless to say... The EU has it's own version of
Archie Bunker "Jesse Helms", Austria's right-wing Freedom Party Heinz-Christian Strache, who's obtuse strong objections have unwittingly just catapulted helped the careers of 2 artists into the public eye. It sounds like some public tax payer money, 500,000 Euro, was spent on this project. It's the political Holy Trinity.. sex, art and tax money... a right-wing lightning rod!
Spanish Artist Carlos Aires Produced this poster!
The second Artist is Tonja Ostojic from Serbia (who?). Her Billboard shows a topless woman wearing a pair of Euro Blue panties sporting the EU Flag's golden star circle insignia in a highly suggestive location.
Both are provocative statements of the success of the EU, and a european view of The UK and US. I the guess such roadside hanky panky may be just a bit too much for the
dull conservative Austrian public.. Both Vienna Sandwich Billboards are to be taken down. Too Bad...I thought it might actually get those Austrian AutoBahn drivers to slow down for once!
But you just have to wonder.. does narrow minded political attention still bring the
doe-rae-mee, bling notoriety artists like Andreas Serrano, Chris Ofili, and Mapplethorpe received? Are the careers of artists Carlos Aires, and Tonja Ostojic going to rise significantly worldwide from this??? Or has the Modern Art world become fat, dumb & happy, comfortably numb less sensitive to the joy of a good old fashion Conservative Backlash?