Now, about twenty-five years later, we experience Ulay's photographs as much less shocking than we once did.
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We are shocked by her sudden passing and would like to express our sincere condolences to her family and friends.
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The attendants were at ease again while he recovered from the shock; the doors had wiped him clean like a pair of squeegees.
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A gap then seems yawn between noting 'a real deer' and a physical deer/shock/woods experience and what all of this might mean.
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Precisely by presenting piercing, shocking images through the slow, indirect medium of painting, Ophuis attempts to come as close as possible to reality.
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This consciously shocking flirtation with feminine roles and attributes preceded the performances that he realized with Marina Abramovic between 1976 and 1988.
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Shocking, repulsive, violent, shameless or abject: while Ophuis's images force the viewer to take a position, the reception of his work often ignites an ethical discussion about the admissibility of sexual and violent images.
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A similar series was to be seen in the group show ?Something Happened?, which Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA) assembled with work by Kocken for the Amsterdam Art Fair in 2004, this time with life-sized photographs of places in Amsterdam where a murder, suicide or a shocking disclosure had taken place.
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There, arranged on two curved, white tiled platforms in a clinical-looking space flooded with bright white light, were eight sculptures of fired clay glazed in a muddy, brownish-green; at first sight somewhat indeterminate forms until, with a shock, the viewer recognizes them as the remains of animals: here and there a leg, a snout protrudes from the inert mass; trails of clay can be read as strips of hide or strands of wool from a sheep, tubular bits suggest ribs and bones that have been exposed.
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