Whereas punching one is just deeply horrifying.
In June 2012 at the National Gallery in Ireland, 49 year old Andrew Shannon punched a hole through Claude Monet’s Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat (1874) which valued at $10 million. Of course, his actions had led him guilty with a five year imprisonment and a 15-month ban from visiting any art gallery in Ireland. It is also quite unclear what his motive was. In addition, Shannon was convicted for stealing various antique books and artworks worth 100,000 euros for several years; punching a Monet just might be taking it to the next level then.
But don’t worry, the museum has recently finished repairing Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat and is now back on display.
Many were furious but many were also amazed with what had happened. Clearly it is wrong to vandalize a classic painting like that but some people have weirdly thought of it as a contemporary performance piece. The damage actually still made a visually appealing art piece out of it in my opinion, but nevertheless, it is still considered unethical for you to ruin someone else’s work—even if it is for the sake of “art”. And I’m pretty sure that those weren’t Shannon’s intentions when he did it.
What about you? Do you think punching the Monet, in an odd sense, is considered contemporary art?
- Reign Gonzales
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