Is Starving a Dog Art? Depends, Art Professor Says

“Costa Rican artist Guillermo Vargas has been accused of creating a sensation — not art — after he reportedly tied up a stray dog and left it to starve.”

Should a piece featuring a starving dog be considered art? Is it ethical? Does it matter that the dog was a starving stray dog before being brought to the gallery? What if the artwork inspired people to take positive actions? Or become aware of their own apathy?

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