Art Vandalism Takes a New Perspective


Art is often created with the intention of making the viewer think.  But what if the art piece has been vandalized?  Does the art have less meaning, or does the destruction actually give it increased interest?

This is the question that the gallery, Tate Britain, wants you to ask when you visit their latest exhibit.  Titled, “Art Under Attack:  Histories of British Iconoclasm”, vandalized art from years past is on display.  It includes smashed stained glass windows, painted panels cut with blades, and blocks of stone that were once sculptures, but are now often passed by as rocks.

This unusual exhibit not only turns the stomachs of art-lovers, it also strikes fear into their hearts that it may encourage more vandalism. Britain has already seen three attacks on major art this year, the worst being when permanent marker was taken to a Rothko mural in the same gallery holding the iconoclasm exhibit.

However, the curators have pressed on in their scholarly pursuits, reasoning that most iconoclasm has a bigger meaning than being a copycat.  They indicate that beyond the rare thoughtless vandalism, most iconoclasm has three main roots:  religion, politics, and aesthetics.  They hope that the exhibit will make the visitors think of the story behind the vandalism, rather than just seeing the damage.

It is an interesting and unique perspective on iconoclasm.  And the exhibit will certainly make you think as you observe the artists’ work in ruins.

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Source: NY Times