Towering stupidity.

Author:Freund, Charles Paid
Position:Artifact - Aesthetic barbarity of artists' attitudes re: 9/11/01 attacks - Brief Article

HERE'S NEW ZEALAND artist Gail Haffern standing next to her new installation, Sept. II. According to Haffern, using passenger planes to attack office buildings was "wonderful...because it was a new idea." She says her work "asks the viewer to take a new position free of accusation and prejudice to view the acts of September II with a sense of amazement."

Damien Hirst, Britain's celebrated artist, told the BBC in September that the attacks had been "visually stunning" artworks and that the perpetrators "need congratulating." He later issued a statement insisting that "I value human life."

Hirst and Haffern were echoing sentiments blurted out in 2001 by the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. He reportedly called the attacks "the greatest work...

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