|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Monday, March 27, 2017
|South African artist Steven Cohen guilty of exhibitionism for rooster-penis dance|
A file picture taken on July 10, 2012 shows South African visual artist and performer, Steven Cohen, performing during a rehearsal in Avignon, southeastern France. Cohen will be tried on May 5, 2014 in Paris as the artist is pursued for sexual exhibition after a performance last September during which he showed his penis trimmed with ribbon, and attached to a rooster. AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIEN.
PARIS (AFP).- A Paris court on Monday found a South African artist guilty of sexual exhibitionism after a performance in Paris that saw him dance with a rooster tied to his penis.
But the criminal court imposed no penalty on the artist, 51-year-old Steven Cohen, noting that no complaint had been filed against him and that he had not engaged in sexual acts.
Prosecutors had requested a 1,000 euro ($1,390) fine.
Cohen was arrested last September after the performance in a busy public square near the Eiffel Tower.
Sporting platform shoes and an outlandish costume including feathers on his fingers and a headdress made of a stuffed pheasant, he danced for 10 minutes with his penis attached to the rooster, before police stepped in.
"I think the victim is art," Cohen said after the verdict, noting that his performance was interrupted before it could conclude.
"I'm not saying I'm going to, but my desire is to complete what was incorrectly halted by the authorities," he said.
"I'm frustrated because it's almost like being found guilty but not being punished. It's like saying 'we are right but we are not going to do anything to you', which for me is a double injustice," Cohen said.
The artist had earlier told the court his performance had "nothing to do with sexuality" and that no one -- not even a group of passing nuns -- had complained about it.
His lawyer Agnes Tricoire said the court should have handed down a "pure and simple acquittal" and that Cohen was considering whether to appeal.
As for the rooster, Tricoire said the only time it was "manhandled" was by police during Cohen's arrest. The animal is now in a chicken coop and living "a totally happy life in Normandy," she said.
© 1994-2014 Agence France-Presse
May 7, 2014
Christie's Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in New York achieves $285.9 Million
South African artist Steven Cohen guilty of exhibitionism for rooster-penis dance
Mexican archaeologists excavate 1,600 year-old shaft tomb in the State of Zacatecas
Heir to Nazi-era art hoard Cornelius Gurlitt dies in his apartment in Schwabing at age 81
"Playgrounds: Reinventing the Square" opens at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid
Hauser and Wirth's debut exhibition devoted to Anna Maria Maiolino opens in New York
Christie's spokeswoman says no plans to hold auctions in Iran Gulf resort Kish Island
Exhibition of new paintings by Pat Steir opens at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia
Lost song by Mendelssohn re-discovered among papers in America to be offered at Christie's
Acclaimed Haitian artist Philippe Dodard's exhibition opens at Frost Art Museum
Russian Art Sale including important works from fifteen private collections to be offered at Christie's
Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy hat sells at Bonhams in Los Angeles for an impressive $46,250
10,000 book installation by Yinka Shonibare MBE explores British cultural immigration
Russia's Samoilova, Soviet-era film star, dead at 80
Sotheby's Prints Sale totals $9.6 million
Desert 'dream' realised: Sudan pyramid hunt gets funding
Waverly to offer rare maps, atlases, books and ephemera in May 15 catalog auction
Catherine the Great's silver dishes that survived melting down and revolution for sale at Bonhams
Golden Age of miniatures collected by art world expert for sale at Bonhams
60 years on, pioneering painter Martin Froy returns to Leeds
Works by Sam Doyle from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection on view at LACMA
Series of short films and photography explore the purity of a single gender
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Priceless Van Goghs or just plain art? Works sent to museum for authentication
2.- Exhibition dedicated to the years shared between Pablo Picasso and Olga Khokhlova opens
3.- Man faces court for slashing Thomas Gainsborough painting at the National Gallery
4.- Art world horrified by President Donald Trump's push to end funding
5.- Jane Austen faked her own marriage twice
6.- Exhibition chronicles rise of the Ebony Fashion Fair, empowerment of African-Americans through fashion
7.- Art world horrified by President Donald Trump's push to end funding
8.- Discoveries by Israel Antiquities Authority shine light on life in time of Christ
9.- TEFAF's top masterpiece goes to the Rijksmuseum
10.- Exhibition devoted to the partnership between Michelangelo & Sebastiano opens
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.