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Although controversial art is not a topic exclusive to the 20th and 21st centuries, the distribution of information regarding controversial art has increased with the proliferation of media. Choose an example of a controversial work of art from the 20th or 21st centuries from any discipline of the humanities (music, literature, sculpture, film, television, etc.). Then, address the following:

  • Identify the work and the medium.
  • Based on your example, to what extent does this work of controversial art make a social contribution?
  • What aesthetic value does the work have? How does it reflect the human condition? How does it relate to your life?
  • Has this work ever been censored? If so, explain the circumstances.
  • Are governments ever justified in censoring art? Why or why not?
  • Examine some of the influences of this work of art.
  • Argue whether or not this work should be considered art. Explain why using terms learned in this course.
  • Include an accompanying statement from the artist(s) and a statement from a critic to support your points.

Writing Requirements (APA format)

  • Length: 1.5-2 pages (not including title page or references page)
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Title page
  • References page (minimum of 1 scholarly source and 1 primary source)

This activity will be graded based on the W7 Essay Grading Rubric.


Controversial Work of Art

Controversial works of art evoke different emotions from the audience. They are regarded to be transgressive and may contain an element of discreditable or risqué language. Though people regard art as subjective, what is the fine line between art and obscenity? (Martin & Jacobus, 2018) Against this backdrop, this essay seeks to describe the film, Scarface, as a controversial piece of art from the 21st Century.

The Work and The Medium

Scarface is a film of the genre American Crime drama which was written by Oliver Stone and directed by Brian de Palma. It is a remake of a 1932 version of the same name. The movie tells the story of a…… the icon below to purchase the sample at only $10