I warn you that some of these artists make very graphic images.
1. Joel Peter-Witkin - Known for his use of cadavers (or parts of them.) in his photography work. I warn you that his work is VERY graphic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel-Peter_Witkin
2. Andres Serrano - Best known for 'Piss Christ' - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andres_Serrano
3. Damien Hirst- 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living' - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damien_Hirst
4. Tracey Emin - 'Everyone I have Ever Slept With' - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracey_Emin
5.Pete Doherty - Former singer who is now painting with his own blood. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Doherty
6.Marcel Duchamp- May have been the first artist to use semen in his art. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Duchamp
7. Marc Quinn - Has used frozen blood. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Quinn
8. Lennie Lee - Is known to use urine, vomit, and fecal matter. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lennie_Lee
9. Chris Ofili - Used elephant dung. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Ofili
10. Gilbert & George -
In my opinion the thing that matters with artists who fall into the catagory of "controvesial artsit" is the truthfulness and conviction of the artist to his work. Take Andres Serrano for example, he never really takes responsibility for "Piss Crist". He avoids the subject and a the series of things in fluid only seem to be an attempt at damage control. As for Witkin his reasoning and subject matter seem sound. Continuing to present work that interests him regardless of what pressures from the outside world may be. I think time is the real desiding factor. Will the work grow, mature, and take on new challenges.
bottom line for me, is that there is no such thing as a bad publicity. If an artist receives good reaction, great. If they get horrible reaction, fantastic. Only time when an artist comes to near death is when the audience becomes indifferent towards their work.
You've made a very good point here.
I find it very interesting how an artist can make a living from making works that people love or by simply making people angry.
It seems to be a black and white area. Perhaps artists who wish to gain fame should choose one extreme or the other?
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