Can a controversial piece of art ever make a social contribution? Does it depend on the nature of the controversy?
Yes, a controversial piece of art can make a social contribution. In one way, it can be essential in the process of change. In this case, if a society considers the art to be ill representing the society it will try to proof the fact that indeed it is not like that as depicted. With this, the community will adjust to the better (Whelan, 2016). Second, it may lead to community backlash. When a community thinks that art is ill presented it will try all the possible mechanism to ensure that by the end of the day the art is destroyed. One thing that must be remembered though is that it all goes to the level of controversial which is represented in the art (Whelan, 2016). With this in mind, very controversial art will require huge counter development in the process. But controversial art will be important to social contributions.