The Plague of American Art

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The Plague of American Art In 1965, the American art scene changed forever. When the National Endowment for the Arts came into being, there was high hopes for a more egalitarian art world that would spread wide-ranging ideas between the coasts, but, in the art world post-NEA founding, dark clouds were forming. The NEA is no longer a sustainable avenue of preserving and producing American art.. The arts have and will survive the test of time without the National Endowment for the Arts. According to Katherine Boyle, "Individuals have always been the backbone of arts funding" (Boyle). Before 1965, the upper echelons always supported the arts. For example, the Vanderbilts supported many "starving" artists like Picasso. However, the…show more content…
For those who say censorship is the issue at hand here, this is not censorship. This is the banning of materials that project and ?visualize? not moral, but unlawful acts. ?A sexual torture movie, promoting rape and other sexual crimes, is not protected by the First Amendment.? Although the NEA's tendency to fund illegal pieces of art is disdainful, it also has a problem with reckless spending, a government trademark. $1500 was granted to a poet who wrote the masterpiece that is "lighght" ("Ten") This piece of poetic genius consists of only one word, its title. The NEA has a problem with discretionary spending. For what reason should a poet need $1500 to write a one word poem? If the private sector was at the decision table for that grant, there is no way it would fly, so why should the government spend without a care in the world? The NEA's decisions on budget allocations are deplorable and downright sickening, but yet it has many more issues plaguing its vile existence. Of the problems the NEA, the fact that they censor art is the most contradictory to their mission. The NEA has an obscenity clause which allows the NEA to not fund artworks that are "obscene." This gives the government the power to say what is art and what is not. Justice Souter of the Supreme Court in NEA v. Finley said, "The decency and respect proviso mandates

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