“Just after 11am on Sunday, four people in sunglasses entered the gallery where the exhibition was being held. One took a hammer from his sock and threatened security staff. A guard restrained one man but the remaining members of the group managed to smash an acrylic screen and slash the photograph with what police believe was a screwdriver or ice pick. They then destroyed another photograph, of nuns’ hands in prayer.” –Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ destroyed by Christian protesters, The Guardian, 18 April 2011
Piss Christ, the long-controversial photograph by Andres Serrano depicting a crucifix submerged in urine, has been attacked once again by Christian protestors. The work was on display in Avignon, France, in an exhibition celebrating the collection of art dealer Yvon Lambert. This is not the first time the work has been protested or attacked; the work was at the forefront of an effort led by US Senator Jesse Helms to end government funding of the US’ National Endowment for the Arts, and in 1997 teenagers used a hammer to destroy a copy of the photo at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.
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