The New Contemporary Art Magazine

Tag: Social Commentary

Czech sculptor David Cerný has a reputation for being a "bad boy" artist. Although he rejects labels, he is most certainly a political artist, one whose works visually lash out against his government's hypocrisies. One of the first pieces to put him on the international map was a pink Soviet tank that served as a war memorial in Prague, followed by such sculptures as the Czech patron St. Wenceslas riding an inverted horse, and giant stainless steel babies crawling up the city's TV tower, to name a few. They are witty and bizarre but come from an intellectual place, even though the artist refuses to take himself too seriously. While he recognizes that his hometown in Prague is easily shocked, he does not create art for the sole purpose of shocking his audience.

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