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I feel that in the form of arts the public should have no responsibility to support them I think that there should be no grants given to an artist because they have chosen this profession I think though that loans should be made available for them to encourage them to create pieces but just like college students they should be paid back If an artist is making a painting or another type of artwork I think that a private organization should commission it or it should be done at his or her own expense Although that an artist will incur debt during the time it takes them to complete their work they will make money to pay for these debts after they sell it If there is no public funding of artwork then there can be no censorship because a private organization or person would fund it Robert Mapplethorpe was an American photographer who was known for his black-and-white studies of male and female nudes flowers and celebrity portraits He credited sculpture as an influence on his work and used traditional techniques of direct lighting and sharp focus His took photographs of homoerotic and sadomasochistic images Soon after his death from AIDS the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC canceled a traveling retrospective of his work in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid a debate in Congress over public funding by the National Endowment for the Arts of works deemed objectionable by fundamentalist religious groups and political conservatives In 1990 a Cincinnati jury found that citys Contemporary Arts Center and its director not guilty of obscenity for exhibiting Mapplethorpe photographs His works are included in such volumes as Lady wwwencycopediacom Robert Mapplethorpe
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