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Shock art is any type of artwork that employs shock to make a point ask a question or purely to capture the audiences attention These days everything has changed The very meaning of the word Art has become compromised It is a common opinion within the public today that art is only valued for its ability to shock And if it isnt shocking - it isnt art In art taboo images are no longer taboo That means artists have to push further Therefore art becomes even more shocking as time goes on Throughout time artists have been attempting to do one thing and that is to make us think differently Art has always shocked the society in which it is created Even the likes of Manet Van Gogh and Picasso were all criticized by the public in one way or another One of the major paintings that caused such an outcry was Manets Dejuner sur lherbe Luncheon on the grass this dated back to the mid Nineteenth century The vulgarity of this piece caused it to be considered as Shock Art In the early twentieth century Picasso seemed to be echoing this specific type of art when he painted Les Demoiselles Davignon consisting of five prostitutes in a brothel Picasso appeared to be turning his back on middle-class society and the traditional values of the time Here Innovation caused controversy Photographs and paintings such as Manets and Picassos shield the viewer in a way they provide a barrier so the extent of the shock effect is reduced Marcel Duchamp in effect invented the term Shock Art in the context that we would understand it today when he created his infamous piece The fountain Can a urinal be classified as a work of art From this moment the concept of art was irreversibly changed as a consequence Art had effectively reinvented itself and courted wider attention than ever before Damien Hirst is the leader of the
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