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Picture of Lindsay Lohan With Gun to Her Mouth

What Counts as Art?

"It's not softcore porn hunny, it's called ART," Lindsay Lohan explained after fans voiced concern over this photo she tweeted earlier in the week. The picture, taken during a racy photo shoot for photographer Tyler Shields's upcoming book on the dirty side of glamour, is only one of many from the shoot. In other ones, she's sprawled out in lingerie and covered in blood.

The photog is also defending the shoot, saying: "She's participating in an artistic adventure. This is not just her running around on the streets with a gun." Lindsay and Tyler think the critics just don't get it.

Clearly "art" lacks an objective definition. One person might think these photos say something about the glamorization of violence, while another sees them as exclusively (and perhaps perversely) sexual. Either way, the photos grab our attention, which is probably the point anyway.

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Pistil Pistil 7 years
Art requires intent. I mean, it's so much richer when there's thought and meaning behind it. Glamorized violence, why? Because it's edgy? Because we should think twice about it? Or does it just look cool? Oh, fuck my BFA.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
From the look of it, I think it's 'art' (again art is subjective and interpreted differently by different people). The photographer took similar looking pictures of other people on his website, so it's his 'style' and nothing wrong with that. I think it becomes a 'bigger deal' since Lohan has a pretty crummy rep right now.
bryseana bryseana 7 years
It's artistic. I don't see it as sexual or violent.
Lyv Lyv 7 years
Course it's art. Who's gonna pleasure themselves to that ?
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
It has to do more with the model rather than the photos. If this were an unknown model, maybe people would see it differently. I also don't like the fact that a gun is involve, maybe because I hate guns so much. Art is so subjective and the definition so broad that what is consider art to some may not be consider art to others .
reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
A lot of his photos involve reference to guns or violence. I think many of his photographs and portraits are outstanding but some are too provocative for my taste. I would consider it art. I think there would be less attention had it been a model rather than Lohan, who seems to be constantly in the spotlight negatively anyway (if there is such a bad thing as bad publicity).
bellavita214 bellavita214 7 years
I wanted to defend Lindsay here until I saw the photo with blood all over her and a gun pointed at her face. I do not see that as art, but as something sad that has happened to too many women. Its glamorized violence. Even the photo of her laying on the floor with blood on the wall is not as bad as the gun one. The others are great though, she looks beautiful in them. I just think the gun pointed at a bloody girl one is a little distasteful.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I think that this falls under the definition of art, and agree that the discomfort comes from her lifestyle rather than the photos themselves. Hell, I'd consider this art before some black painted canvas with a black box in the center.
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
well at least she's doing something besides maxing out her credit cards and partying at night.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 7 years
I wouldn't say it's sexual. A photograph is art, i agree, here we have to take it like this. For younger fans it's difficult because they see the actress, the singer, whereas usually specific "art pictures" are with (quite) unknown models (well, i think it's linked). However here i don't like the gun thing - nothing to do with her.
nikkisoda nikkisoda 7 years
I agree fuzzles. I think the pics just make people uncomfortable and sad. Considering that she appears to be slowly killing herself in real life. It just seems wrong of the photographer to do this kind of photo shoot with her knowing the state of mind she is in. (allegedly) I don't know.......I just think it's spooky.
weffie weffie 7 years
Agreed, fuzzles... I could see how these pics will one day be spooky and sad to look at, just like the one of Kurt Cobain posing with a shotgun in his mouth :(
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
I also agree that it is art. I think that the controversy has much more to do with her current lifestyle and the concern of her fans about her choices. In that sense, the photos are a bit eerie.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
Yes, I would consider it art. It's a form of expression, therefore it's art. I once did a heroin addict photoshoot. Doesn't mean I condone drug use or that I'm out shooting up heroin, but it was me playing a role and expressing a dark subject matter.
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