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"There should be curbs on artistic freedom." Discuss. What is artistic freedom? Why should we put checks on artistic freedom?

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I know that artistic expression should not have limitations—in an ideal world. However, if someone is offensive (like art that borders on pornography), then I believe there have to be limitations. However, this is a pretty controversial topic. Video stores have had "back rooms" for years, where kids under a certain age could not enter. If there is a back room for movies, perhaps we need a back room for art. No one can ever say as an absolute what art is or is not. We know what we like; we know what is generally acceptable within our society. So if we put limits on things, I think they should follow...

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alleychan | Student

I don't necessarily believe that art needs to be censored in order to maintain moral and/or religious codes, as stated by kplhardison, but rather where we allow certain types of potentially offensive art to be displayed.  For example, most people probably would not want anti-semetic art on display at a government building, or sexually explicit art work on display in a public library. Therefore, the art work, itself, does not need to be censored to be appropriate for the viewing audience, but the location where the art is on display.

I don't care if someone creates an image of, say men torturing animals, but I don't want it to be put on display at the local elementary school.

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ginamarielael | Student

We like what Steve Jobs says about innovation and artistic freedom and that is the world and path we live in today was created by people just like us or just as smart as us so basically you can mold the future and how those of use live in it.

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beefheart | Student

I'm reminded of a story about Hitler and art. Obviously, Hitler banned 'degenerate' forms of expression like jazz and modern art because he thought they were depraved (this from a guy who murdered 6,000,000 in cold blood, but hey)

Anyway, he was looking through the confiscated pictures of a modern art exhibition and it contained a retrospective of Paul Klee's work. Amongst the cubists and abstract paintings that Hitler hated so dearly, were also some of Klee's very talented non-modern works (landscapes, portraits etc).

Apparently Hitler, a failed, mundane landscape painter was very shocked, disappointed and confused, "I don't understand it," he said,"this man can actually paint beautifully." I love that story and hope it's true.

I am always deeply suspicious of anyone who wants to control other peoples' artistic expression to protect society's morals. (Below is the wiki on the Nazi's policies and activities relating to art. It's a fascinating read.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Degenerate_art

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