Scandalous Picasso?

May 19, 2009 | Posted by: Wildchyld | Full story: www.forbes.com

Pablo Picasso was never shy about depicting eroticism in his work. From his earliest drawings to his last paintings, sex in all its pathos, pain, humor and lust is a constant influence.

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May 19, 2009
 
It is so unfortunate that many of these curators are not even bothering trying to bring these exhibits to the USA. They feel the battle over censorship is such a waste of time. So, in the end, we lose! We do not get to see these wonderful exhibits because I guess us Americans cannot handle nudity, erotic or explicit works of art. How sad that we have not progressed but moved steadily back in time.
It is also quite sad that porn can be sold in stores and street corners, yet we cannot handle a painting depicting a prostitute with a fish. It is all bureaucratic bullcrap.

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May 19, 2009
 
What a shame so many will miss seeing the exhibit because of close minded people. I'm a big girl. I don't need anyone protecting me from myself.

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May 20, 2009
 
Even in his works that appear to be mild one often finds hidden sexual items. For instance a guitar that looks innocent, upon close examination is actually a c#ck and balls having an orgasm ! In the ten pieces that I have, something sexual can be found in each one !!
picasso was a scumbag

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#5
May 20, 2009
 
picasso treated his girlfriends like dirt.

one recent biographer even gave up writing a book about him---cause the more he or she learned about picasso's private life, the more the biographer hated picasso.

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May 20, 2009
 
rollerboy wrote:
Even in his works that appear to be mild one often finds hidden sexual items. For instance a guitar that looks innocent, upon close examination is actually a c#ck and balls having an orgasm ! In the ten pieces that I have, something sexual can be found in each one !!
the right mind (wrong?) can find sexual imagery in anything.

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May 21, 2009
 
picasso was a scumbag wrote:
picasso treated his girlfriends like dirt.
one recent biographer even gave up writing a book about him---cause the more he or she learned about picasso's private life, the more the biographer hated picasso.
It doesn't matter if he was a scumbag or not, the point is censorship. There are many people that do not have the same moral compass as others, that does not mean their artistic, musical, or any other talent is irrelevant.

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May 21, 2009
 
Many great artists had a scandalous side. C.S. Lewis was thought to be a pedophile and took nude pictures of a little girl named Alice who later became his main character in his books.

You would think some of the bigger cities would have enough people interested. They could have an age limit like they do in films.

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May 23, 2009
 
Pamela in red wrote:
Many great artists had a scandalous side. C.S. Lewis was thought to be a pedophile and took nude pictures of a little girl named Alice who later became his main character in his books.
You would think some of the bigger cities would have enough people interested. They could have an age limit like they do in films.
The thing is with the age limit, no matter if a painting is over explicit to some, it may not be to others. It is all a matter of perspective sometimes. As a previous poster stated, people can sexualise any object or subject if they so choose.
You are right, there are many people in history with sorted perversions that have been creative. I think especially in America these people in high positions, including churches, seem to think they need to censor us, like we cannot make up our own decisions on morality. The sad part is that we allow it to happen, especially in the last few decades.
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Jun 2, 2009
 
I cant wait until this country is less uptight about sexuality in any form.

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Aug 5, 2012
 
I think especially in America these people in high positions, including churches, seem to think they need to censor us

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Aug 8, 2012
 
In art we can read into what we want. Whether depictions are scandalous or erotic expressions is dependent on the viewer. Art should reflect life and sex & sensuality are a part of life. To me, Picasso is no "worse" than the average newspaper or magazine in it's depictions. Certainly no worse than TV images or advertisements.
What some censors forget is, in their attempts to supposedly guard innocents against exposure to erotic art, that innocents (eg. children) are that, innocent and are not going to be aroused by semi-erotic pictures. If they see anything in it at all itell be funny to them and not distressing or damaging.
Censors just like to feel needed & powerful, with the excuses of protecting people from "inappropriate ness"
If you cannot look at Picasso (or any other artist) works without being offended or corrupted then there's something wrong with you, I guess.

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Aug 8, 2012
 
carolgreen77 wrote:
I think especially in America these people in high positions, including churches, seem to think they need to censor us
Yes, you got that alright.
The irony of it is church art is especially erotic & sensual. It may not be so in such an obvious way as Picasso but it is full of underlying erotica in its imagery. A fine line between the rapturous joy of spirit and earthly lust.
People who think they need to censor us commoners think they are superior in morals and not just life position, I guess. And you don't have to hold your breath long for one of them to go and prove it's not true; must be all the uncensored material they're exposed to.....not!

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Aug 8, 2012
 
Still the speculation of contraversey.
http://edinburghfestival.list.co.uk/article/4...
Edinburgh Airport (UK) had a poster up of Picasso's "Nude Woman in a red armchair" to advertise the Arts festival at its national gallery. Following complaints from passengers they covered it using a white sheet. It's like painting fig leaves all over again. They've now had an attack of common sense and uncovered it.

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Aug 13, 2012
 
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Oooh I'm in love with Phil Gray. He completes me. With his "hillibilli " (sic to Phil) ways and his death threats and racism and fear of gays and paranoia about being hunted by one person residing in a dozen states. When I say completes me, I don't mean put his yang in my yin, because he was born a eunuch. Rather, I mean when I look to the sky he looks to the pigs' mud hole. hungrily. For the yearned feast of pigturds.
Do Topix know u've hacked into my account? as my "forum comments" aren't public, sos u must've. Unless u've been trolling the whole of Topic for me. What's ur other account u registered yesterday, hey??

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