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“Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.”

Picasso said this.  It is a quote about censorship, which Picasso himself was a victim of, multiple times.  As soon as a work is different, it is often seen as threatening.  Art and books are tow things that the public has access to, regardless of age.  Anyone can take out any book from a library, just as anyone can go see any painting in a gallery.  Film, however, does have a rating system associated with it.  But how can someone censor art?  Do you censor based on nudity?  Do you censor based on themes?  Indeed, some works are shocking, maybe vulgar to some viewers.  But often, the works being put on trial are ones that people are simply afraid of.

Censorship grows out of fear.  Sometimes, the intention of artwork is to make you uncomfortable.  Why are you uncomfortable?  Why are you so upset by this piece?  Art can be very confrontational.  After all, it is about the expression of feelings and ideas, not just a bunch of aesthetically pleasing paintings or sculptures, or what have you.

Censorship is Canada is an ongoing battle.  The CBC archives website has plenty on the topic.  From the array of stories and clips, one can see that the issues being challenged are vast and varied.  Some may appeal to you as much worse than others.  But who is to say what is offensive to whom?  We all interpret art differently.  If offense is the interpretation of one individual, does that mean that no one has the right to view the piece?


Food for thought.  That’s all for today!