Art e-Facts 22

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Leeds born artist Marcus Harvey is best known for his large work depicting Moors murderer Myra Hindley, formed from white, grey and black stenciled handprints of children. This work was the centre of major controversy when it was installed at the 1997 Sensation exhibition.

The reaction to the work raised questions about the censorship of art and the legitimacy of using such controversial imagery. The painting had to be placed behind protective acrylic glass after it was attacked with ink and eggs by protestors.