It's amazing, the furor that one woman's genitalia can generate.
ArtFido has posted amazing footage of Luxembourgian performance artist Deborah de Robertis plopping down in front of Gustav Courbet's painting "The Origin of the World" and exposing herself. This happened last month in Paris' Musée d'Orsay and resulted in her being taken away by police and having two museum guards file complaints against her.
"If you ignore the context, you could construe this performance as an act of exhibitionism, but what I did was not an impulsive act," she explained to Luxemburger Wort. "There is a gap in art history, the absent point of view of the object of the gaze. In his realist painting, the painter shows the open legs, but the vagina remains closed. He does not reveal the hole, that is to say, the eye. I am not showing my vagina, but I am revealing what we do not see in the painting, the eye of the vagina, the black hole, this concealed eye, this chasm, which, beyond the flesh, refers to infinity, to the origin of the origin."