Art Controversies

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Christo in New York

Christo's Gates, Central Park, NY (2004) Michael Kammen hide caption

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These photos include art discussed in Kammen's 'Visual Shock: A History of Controversies in American Culture'

Works of art might make you oooh, and ahhh, but they can also shock: religious icons in unmentionable waste, the American flag underfoot, or a woman cast in bronze tumbling forever from the World Trade Center. All contribute to visual shock and our look at art controversies in America.


Michael Kammern; Author of Visual Shock: A History of Art Controversies in American Culture

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A History of Art Controversies in American Culture

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