This week the Raelian Movement sent its support to John Currin, an American artist living in New York who is drawing fire from certain art “critics” for his paintings which are sometimes pornographic. The Prophet Rael quickly pointed out: “That is the real essence of art! True artists are the ones using their art for revolutionary purposes and fighting for peace and freedom. All others are just ‘decorators’.”
A true artist is always pushing the envelope. Real artists will always cause the masses gasp in surprise or even shock. It was the same throughout every age and the politically correct masses are always shocked or disgusted. Then, eventually, like any new idea, it is accepted and even venerated. Artists lead no matter what their medium. You can also see other great artists on this site who are blazing trails into the future. Just to name a couple, there is Stelarc, the artist who grafted a human ear made from cartilage on his forearm – and Cosimo Cavallaro, who created a life sized, nude chocolate Jesus to be exhibited in a New York gallery. The exhibit was banned before it opened due to pressure from a local Catholic bishop. We assume the bishop was offended with the nude part and not the chocolate. See this site for more “true” artists and why it is so important that they have even more freedom!
The Prophet Rael has stated many, many times that art should know no censorship. In many cases, today’s most blasé art, and there is too much of it everywhere, was once yesterday’s controversial, shocking taboo. Rael has also pointed out that most museums exhibit only the past – like a graveyard – and the true artists are those who are breaking the accepted rules.