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Controversial Artworks Of The 20th Century

We’d expect that in the 20th century, people would be more open to less traditional ideas, symbols, and techniques. The century opened its doors to the rise of artistic movements we know today – Expressionism and Abstract Expressionism, Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism, Surrealism and Pop Art, among others. But the change and rise of these new movements weren’t initially welcomed with acceptance or open arms. Some were considered ‘controversial’ for the content some artworks depict or the artworks’ style. Check out the most controversial artworks of the 20th century here. 

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I found this illustration in the Facebook Neatorama post I scrolled by today. I was horrified to see an illustration of an adult woman masturbating a prepubescent girl in my Facebook feed. I notified Facebook that it was inappropriate, by moral and legal standards, but they did not think it was bad enough to remove. I am questioning the wisdom of Neatorama's positioning of that painting as the leading illustration in a FB post that can be seen by anyone who likes the Neatorama page. It is a portrayal of child sexual abuse, whether the girl is consenting or not, and that is a crime. It is child pornography, by legal standards. I generally like Neatorama but I suggest you take greater care with what you choose to display in public.
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