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March 29, 2006

Britney Spears "Moment Of Birth" Sculpture Half Weird, Half Tasteless

I don't even mean the part about the sculpture depicting the moment of her pushing her child out of her womb. That, I suppose, is an interesting, if somewhat taboo, subject for art. Certainly we don't see that much, and almost not at all in art. So, a controversial but interesting subject for a painting or sculpture.

But... Why Britney Spears? And what's this business of a... bearskin rug? And why the hell is she on all fours, in "doggie style" position?

He added that other people were "upset" the sculpture was a pro-life monument.

The life-size work, by artist Daniel Edwards, features Spears crouched on all fours on a bear-skin rug as she gives birth.

It will be displayed at the gallery alongside a display case filled with anti-abortion materials.

Edwards said: "This is a new take on pro-life. Pro-lifers normally promote bloody images of abortion. This is the image of birth."

At some point, I hope, the trivial impulse for camp and arch (gay-culture-influenced) irony will finally be seen as passe and then we can perhaps have good art again.

But that impulse has been with our avant-retard artists for a while, and they don't seem to have beat that horse dead enough yet for their liking.


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