Provocative art, is a form of art, which is capable of making a thought provoking statement about human condition, culture, irony, or something, which is extremely uncomfortable to see, and for our minds to interpret. It can also make statements which portray that how like can get disturbing at times.
A provocative art, when done in the right form, looks gorgeous and extremely powerful defining the most significant issues, which yet can be very disturbing to mankind.
Such an art form is very strongly portrayed by a well renowned artist and sculptor, Barton Lidice Benes, an American, whose art was dealing with the AIDS epidemic, which was showed as a raw approach to death. Some of his art works were so raw that, it had nearly become very difficult for him to hunt for a gallery, which would accept to exhibit his art works.
Among his best known art works, his collection of memento mori, which comprised of thousands of artifacts like the tribal masks, religious relics, voodoo dolls, skulls, etc. was never exhibited publicly.
Another artwork of Mr. Benes, which had raised health alarms across the nations, was the “Lethal Weapons”, which was a collection of 30 vessels, which were filled with the blood of the HIV infected persons.
Mr. Benes was born in Hackensack in 1942, and died on 30th May at the age of 69 due to AIDS.
He was first recognized with his series of pieces, which included the statue of Virgin Mary, on which he had shredded US currency.
“Decorative art and provocative art both qualified because of the devotion to technique that’s needed to make beautiful works of art. “Amiel Mesner
Personally, provocative art involves a lot of meaning, and it appeals to me because it involves high level of emotion. Provocative art is an extremely bold form of art to be presented and that such forms of art are very rear to be found n most importantly to be interpreted.