I clipped this out of an art guide a number of years ago. Evidently there had been some problems concerning the WOW quotient of art, that The New York Times says this piece has remedied.
Piss Christ, by Andre Serrano is a photograph of a plastic crucifix bearing the form of Jesus Christ that is immersed in the artists own urine. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art awarded this piece a prize and the National Endowment for the Arts participated in it's purchase for 15,000 dollars. The piece was displayed at the Whitney in 2006.
Study after Velasquez's Pope Innocent X is by Francis Bacon, a giant of British modern painting. Bacon has been the subject of three major retrospective shows at the Tate, London's most important museum showing contemporary art. Here is another, for good measure entitled Head.
Below; Benefits supervisor by Lucian Freud. Considered the most important British painter of our time, Freud has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The museum of contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Pompidou Center in Paris.
Below Robert Mapplethorpe self portrait with a bullwhip in his anus. I have used a slightly censored version. Let me know if you need to see the entire image.
This photograph was included in a traveling exhibition funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Mappelthorpe became the best known art photographer of our time. He photographed many subjects but his homoerotic images caused enormous controversy. The Corcoran refused to hang a show of his work. Dead of aids at age 42 he funded The Robert Mapplethorpe foundation which has raised millions of dollars to combat HIV and Aids.
For the Love of God, Damien Hirst. Hirst is the richest artist in England believed to worth more than 200 million Pounds. Hirst sold out a show at Sothebys auction house for 198 million dollars. He says his work is concerned with death. Asking price? 50 million dollars. So far unsold, this would set a record as the largest sum ever paid for the work of a living artist.