From a Facebook heads-up from artist Kyle Boswell comes this fascinating Guardian story on Christian protesters in France slashing “Immersion (Piss Christ).” After 1,000 Christians marched on the museum, a few fought with guards at the museum and damaged Andres Serrano’s controversial photograph, along with another of his works depicting the hands of a nun.
You’ll recall that Jesse Helms didn’t much like “Piss Christ,” which Serrano made as criticism of phony fundamentalist profiteers, and the National Endowment for the Arts got raked over after “Piss Christ” was exhibited. France has its share of ultra-right-wingers as well, lead by the National Front party.
The gallery director isn’t backing down. He’s reopening with the damaged works on display “so people can see what barbarians can do.”