Controversial Sexual Art: A Brief Survey

Cheng Li.

You know your art is controversial when you get sent to a labor camp. Performance artist Cheng Li endured just that after having unsimulated sex with a female performer in front of an audience at the Contemporary Art Exhibition Hall in Beijing. He was sentenced to a camp for one year for “disturbing public order.” Said artist Guo Zhenming of Li’s performance: “He (Cheng) was using his art to criticize the current situation in the art circle, where people seem to lose their principles. It is his way of expressing irony that art today is over-commercialized.”