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The Truth is Black and White

While browsing the internet, I came across an article on that shows a picture of the Russian Socialite, Dasha Zhukova, sitting atop a chair that is composed of a  leather seat attached to a statue of a near-naked black woman.  Clad only in very short hot pants and tall leather boots, the woman is depicted in a contorted pose and the leather seat rests upon her laurels.   The image of Zhukova was initially published in an article on  Buro 24/7 on 01/20/14, the day celebrated as Martin Luther King Day in the US.   To say that the public outcry was swift and heated would be putting it mildly.  Miroslava Duma, the fashion editor and owner of the site, quickly cropped said photo and issued an apology for the apparently unintentional act of racism.  Both Duma and Zhukova have issued public apologies, stating their abhorrence of racism.  While I know nothing of either woman, or their personal beliefs, I do know that the truth is black and white. “Artwork” that depicts the objectification, oppression, dehumanization, and/or humiliation of anyone is tasteless and deplorable.

The chair in the photo that sparked the outrage was created by Bjarne Melgaard, a New York based artist born in Norway.

the truth is black and white

The Chair by Bjarne Melgaard is meant to be reminiscent of the controversial Chair by Allen Jones, which was created in 1969 and later damaged with paint stripper by feminists in 1986.

Never mind the fact that one of my daughter’s is bi-racial, this “artwork” is offensive to me on so many levels.  As a Christian.  As a Woman.  As a Wife.  As a Mother.  <–Just to name a few.

What do you think?

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Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. I saw this, this morning and honestly didn’t know what to make of it. I don’t think anything was meant by the image but it’s weird and uncomfortable all at the same time. I’m not sure I would call it art, to each their own I guess.

  2. This is a weak interpretation of art if you ask me. Racial implication aside, it’s vulgar. Enough said.

  3. Don’t know what people consider art these days but this piece is something that would never have made it into my home even if I was a billionaire. It’s very vulgar and tasteless.

  4. That is absolutely disgusting. The “artist” should be ashamed of themselves depicting women that way. It’s appalling.

  5. I just guess I have no idea why someone would want artwork like that!! Some people have a sick sense of what art is…. although, I guess it could be considered a freedom of speech of sorts. Understand… I am not defending it. I don’t like it!

  6. Weak advertisement that I would pay no mind to. Just weird to me. No words here.

  7. What an odd piece of art! Interesting what people call art. I hadn’t heard of this controversy.

  8. It doesn’t offend me but I do think it is extremely tacky. Art? I don’t know about that. Everyone’s views on art are different but it just looks like an excuse to be pervy.

  9. What!!!!! These photo’s are crazy! This does not look like artwork that looks like it should be in some adult store.

  10. It isn’t for me, but to each their own, which is why it probably was called “artwork”. I’m not sure it was meant to offend, but I do see why it does!!

  11. I don’t think I can ever be offended by art, but I thnk it’s an interesting choice that the original artist did specify the girl to be so humanlike instead of a plain figure with no features – I don’t think the chair would have been noticed otherwise. I’m also interested to the blatant copy in this day and age. Does the original artist not hold a copyright?

  12. I’m not personally offended by the chair, but I don’t like it, either. Of course, art is always open to interpretation. Who would actually want to buy this, though?

  13. Trying too hard to be controversial. I don’t consider that creative or art.

  14. Whether black or white (my husband is African American and I’m caucasian) this piece is degrading to women in my opinion. I don’t like it and it repulses me. Not many things offend me, but this is on an entirely different other level.

  15. I’m kind of torn by this. As an artist myself, I understand the need to express yourself creatively, even if the resulting artwork isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. However, that doesn’t mean I have to like the work itself. I’m not a fan of it, but it’s her art, and I’m sure she spent hours upon hours creating it..

  16. To me this is such a bizarre advertisement. It’s honestly enough to make me look away because of discomfort. Art is art but I think that this would really offend many people.

  17. Dude, that is just gross for any woman…I feel like it’s almost trendy now for women to objectify themselves. White or black, that chair is just shameful!

  18. On the one hand I think this chair is disgusting and demeaning as a woman in general.

    I’m not trying to defend the chair but after looking at the two pictures the darker creates better contrast in the room – if they aren’t dirty liars, and in fact chose the chair innocent of the racial connotations it might stir, I can see why.

  19. This chair, whether it’s in black or white, is just….strange! I agree that it’s fairly offensive to the female population, no matter the color of it.

  20. That design just isn’t anything I would ever want in my house. It’s crass and vulgar in my opinion, and as for the racism, even if unintended they should have realized it would be interpreted that way!

  21. I can’t even consider this as art work.

  22. I have never seen a chair like this before… I would for sure not call it art! Horrible display, in my opinion!

  23. that’s no art to me!

  24. I don’t know if I would consider this art. I would consider it offensive.

  25. This is such a super creepy, and weird chair–I’d NEVER put it in my home…my kids would run!

  26. I found both pieces of “art” to be offensive. Perhaps one of the great things about art is that if it offends us, we do not have to deal with it again.

  27. Honestly, I don’t really know what to say about this but it’s really a weird chair and I don’t really find it attractive (if that’s what they call art).

  28. Totally offensive!! I can’t believe anyone would WANT a chair like that!

  29. i’m not offended by those pieces but I do think they were created to spark controversy and be provocative. they aren’t my style one bit but then again art is subjective and emotional for each person.

  30. That is the craziest thing ever! It’s so offensive!

  31. I can see how as how this offensive, I just wouldn’t have chose racism as my first outcry of how it was offensive. Personally it’s offensive on so many levels that I wouldn’t even know where to start.

  32. No matter the color of the person in this supposed art work, as a woman I’m outraged to see a woman depicted this way. What has porn or evern 50 shades of Grey kind of soft porn SMB to do with art? Disgusting!

  33. The artist certainly got what they wanted- their name in the spotlight! Why else would they make such a controversial piece that is just…strange.

  34. This photo made me kinda uncomfortable…I don’t understand why people call this art…I would take offense to it.

  35. This is rather interesting… not sure how i feel about this artwork. Took me a minute to realize it wasn’t real people! lol