Art’s Sake

Opposition critical of Cowen portraits reaction – The Irish Times – Thu, Mar 26, 2009

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny later described the reaction by the Government and the Garda as an attempt to restrict freedom of expression. The TD, who also tried to raise the issue in the Dáil today, told a news conference that the nude artwork represented political satire.

“I think if the name Picasso was at the bottom of it instead of Casby people would probably have a very different reaction,” he said. “This is political satire and the reaction of Government in my view was absolutely over the top.”

Yes, honestly, I mean, what is art these days anyway. Like, you could put a car-flattened hedgehog atop a fish slice and call it sculpture, but no-one would take any notice until you put the name Anthony Gormley against it. And then you’d get some madass billionaire buying it for his pied-a-terre in Cavan. I mean, when will people ever learn to draw stuff that looks real? Some of that airbrush stuff isn’t half bad, like.

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