Sunday, April 29, 2012

Objectification Culture Or Censoring Art?

I hadn't planned to blog again today, but an article I read in the Telegraph frightened me to such an extent that I want to bring it to your attention today. The Scream gallery in Mayfair had an exhibition of the work of Derrick Santini, which included a modern day reinterpretation of the Greek myth of Leda and the Swan The artwork had been exhibited for a month with no complaints from the public.

So as to ensure that everyone understands what has happened, lets look at the deep background starting with the myth itself.

Leda and the Swan is a story and subject in art from Greek mythology in which the god Zeus seduced, or raped, Leda in the form of a swan. According to later Greek mythology, Leda bore Helen and Polydeuces, children of Zeus, while at the same time bearing Castor and Clytemnestra, children of her husband Tyndareus, the King of Sparta.

So we are clear that is a Greek myth, with the emphasis being placed upon the word 'myth'.

Throughout the ages, this topic has been the subject of artworks, some of which are below for you to see.

This painting is in the National Gallery, its a 16th century copy 
of a lost work by Michelangelo...

As you can this a sculpture of the same subject.....

This one is by James Legros.....

So we can see that this is a well portrayed subject and as such must be known to the public. Now, lets move on. Artist Derrick Santini, decided that it would be a nice idea to do his own version, and we can see it below....
This was the artwork that the Met Police censored...
Unsure if they saw this one or not....

It was exhibited in the Scream Gallery for over a month and as I said before it drew no complaints from anyone. Then one day a member of the Metropolitan Police was going past the gallery on a bus and saw the image and was so upset by what he saw that he swung into action. He contacted his colleagues and soon after two uniformed officers were visiting the gallery. They said the image condoned bestiality, which was an arrestable offence and stayed on site until the artwork was taken down and removed from public view.

I warned everyone that would listen that Object and their objectification based campaign would empower a whole range of morons to impose their morality on society and now we have the Metropolitan Police censoring artwork.

If I was in the Art Crimes Division of the Met (there must be one) I would get down to the National gallery as soon as possible, because the Michelangelo copy is still there. I would demand its removal and arrest the curator before anything immoral takes place. Lets face it, the Met are our moral guardians and as such should be told about this kind of stuff.

Hang on though, there is a load of this kind of sick stuff in London....

Eros in Picadilly....The little bastards got a bow and arrow and that must condone assault with a deadly weapon. Met Police, you know what to do....

Arthur Sullivan Memorial in Victoria Embankment Gardens...She's semi naked and thats illegal. Melt it down Met, melt it down now!

Phoebus Driving the Horses of the Sun at Australia House in The Strand. Oh my God you can see his willy!!!

The Boy David in Ropers Garden...more public nudity and its pedo stuff as well!!!

So for all my readers, this is what is happening in London. In the city that in weeks is hosting the Olympics, the police are running around censoring artworks.

Ok, lets face it, an understanding the Greek myth was never going to be part of the Metropolitan Polices training programme. But I always thought that thinking things through and showing common sense was a key attribute to being in the service of the police. I remember how brilliant the police were on the day of the London Tube bombings, every officer I met was a credit to the force, so what happened between then and now?

If like me, you wish to voice your concern about what has happened, don't bother with the police because the clown that reported this probably deals with the e-mails. A far better approach would be to tell Boris Johnson what you think, so go here to do that  .


  1. The Met as art critics? Jesus wept!

    Fancy a little book-burning, anyone?

    1. This kind of stuff was inevitable. I said that as soon as Objects campaign got into gear, every loon imaginable would come crawling out of the woodwork. First it was strip clubs, then it was burlesque, soon after it was Page 3.

      What comes next?

  2. There is an ancient marble- Pan and the Goat from Pompei that has an illustrious history of nearly being destroyed, and then being hidden under lock and key by the king, and subsequently being kept under lock and key in museums.
    Even now you have to request a viewing of it as it's kept out of the public viewing space. Its nothing more than Pan the half man half goat/satyr copulating tenderly with a very willing recumbent doe goat, and it's all carved out of white marble leaving nothing to the imagination, Pan even has a marble PENIS!!!!
    People need to get over this stuff.

    1. Of course when Pan and the goat were first dug up long ago with other such works, some people wanted to rebury them, while others took to smashing the male parts off and so on which is the usual, normal reaction by some of these religious fanatics when faced with a STONE penis or breasts! The did similar destructions of carvings on the Parthenon that had exposed genitals.
      It's a wonder even Michaelangelo's "David" survived the carnage to rid young eyes of stone penis', but copies of "David" have been altered with a stupid fig-leaf.

    2. Hi Jigs

      In Britain we find that all sorts of loons have been empowered (or started to feel brave) because of the prohibitionist campaign of Object, the rad fem group. Object themselves wouldn't have worried about the Pan statue, because it has no women in the setting.

    3. Hi,
      You bet, that's the problem, but the religious nuts who seem to all be against ANY recreational sex at all are also involved. I tell them to take a flying leap and take their invisible sky-Santa with them.

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