Saturday, January 1, 2011

About Art - The Hanging Man

The Hanging man is a sculpture by the Czech sculptor David Černý—whose work tends to be very controversial. The life-size sculpture is of the famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Černý says the work is intended to express the human dilemma of living life or letting go.

Drawing police and fire-crew attention in response to reports of possible suicide attempts, the sculpture was last on display at Open Concept Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after touring other cities within the U.S. and Europe, and before being reinstalled in Prague’s historic Old Town section.

David Černý (born December 15, 1967) works can be seen in many locations in Prague, the city where he was born. He gained notoriety in 1991 by painting a Soviet tank pink that served as a war memorial in central Prague. As the Monument to Soviet tank crews was still a national cultural monument at that time, his act of civil disobedience was considered "hooliganism" and he was briefly arrested. Find out more about him and his works at:

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