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Andres Serrano
Piss Christ
Walter Otero Gallery
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by Charlie Finch

"Art inflames people," was dealer Paula Cooper's memorable response to the disturbing news that vandals with axes and crowbars had destroyed Andres Serrano's "History of Sex" photographs at the Kulturen Gallery in Lund, Sweden, last Friday night. The subsequent news that the thugs had posted the carnage on YouTube, edited with commentary such as, "Is this art?," offered the startling realization that contemporary art and its enemies had finally reached a perfect equivalence of creative destruction.