In art’s current spirit of soul searching for a sense of engagement Art 21|blog attempts to ignite the debate:
Have you ever been shocked by a work of art and if so, why? What’s your take?
They reference Kara Walker‘s images of slave rape, and the extreme reactions they provoke from different parts of the American psyche.
There are , of course, who’d respond by saying there’s quite enough shocking art around. That would be glib, however.