Thankfully, no "Mohammed Cartoons"
Sir Nicholas Serota heads a list of eminent museum directors, curators and historians who have signed a petition against the prosecution of Henry-Claude Cousseau, a French colleague who has been accused of exhibiting child pornography as art. ... His alleged crime is staging an exhibition of provocative and explicit images, including a painting by Gary Gross of a young girl in a bath, heavily made-up and looking seductive, a video piece by Elke Krystufek, in which a girl performed a graphic masturbation scene, and photographs by Annette Messager of young children with their eyes scratched out. ...
“We wish to express our dismay at this attack on the artistic and curatorial freedom of expression and offer our unconditional support for Henry-Claude Cousseau in the present circumstances, together with the exhibition curators Marie-Laure Bernadac (a curator at the Louvre) and Stéphanie Moisdon (an art critic).”
Very commendable. And where was the "art world" during the Danish cartoon controversy? Or when Theo van Gogh got skewered for producing a movie about radical Islam? And just what exactly is the test, not for defining pornography, but detecting whether "artistic freedom" is under attack? What dark visions do they see who do not feel their chains?