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‘Moral imperfections’ are often the very nature of works of art

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Not all artwork is a “pretty picture.” Art can be thought-provoking and generate emotions about a subject. British academic Richard Hoggart once said, “Great art is concerned with moral imperfections.”

During the Nazi regime many great works of art were termed “degenerate art” and banned from public viewing. The art was considered “un-German.”

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., took it upon himself to remove a contest-winning painting from the U.S. Capitol, “Untitled #1” by David Pulphus. The art, based on what transpired in Ferguson after the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, shows the artist’s deep feelings of unrest and turmoil.

Are we going to censor art, music, poetry and writing in our country because it makes us uncomfortable?

Helen Bates • Wildwood

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