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Chuck Close is an American artist, famous for painting large portraits.Seattle University has removed a self-portrait by the artist from a university building.If we were to remove all the art from museums or galleries because we disapproved of the artists' behavior, great collections would soon be severely depleted. There is a moral component to most forms of human expression, including art.Moral depravity can make for bad art. This may be one reason why there are so few examples of good Nazi art. Sergei Eisenstein made communist propaganda films, but these are also great works of art.It is also true that art can transcend the private behavior of the artist. A writer, filmmaker or painter who behaves badly toward wives or lovers can produce art that is deeply sympathetic to women. It is hard to imagine admiring art that espouses child abuse, racial hatred or torture (even though this seems to get people much less agitated than sexual content).Some art is meant to provoke, transgress and push boundaries.
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