Subversive Art #2:
Is God Dead? (Artist Unknown)
Though probably not conceived as a work of art by its unknown creator -- or as anything other than something to sell magazines -- the rather arresting cover of Time's April 8, 1966, issue briefly stopped people in their tracks by boldly, starkly posing a question heretofore buried deep in the subconscious of American life; one that slowly began rising into view as that vividly nihilistic decade unfolded in all its cumulative ugliness. It was a powerful image; a primal shock of utter simplicity that many works of art in its time, even those specifically intended to provoke the larger society, often failed to achieve.