There is a guaranteed way to get attention if you are an artist.
That is to create a work mocking a religious figure.
Of course if that religious figure happens to be Mohamed the attention you receive might be somewhat uncomfortable, Salmond Rushdie and Theo van Gogh can testify to that.
Christian figures are far easier game and get the desired notoriety and attention without the unpleasant side effect of losing your head.
Throughout the nineties the trick was to associate Christian figures with bodily secretions, the Virgin in a Condom, the Virgin painted with elephant dung and Piss Christ being infamous examples.
Which leads to todays story of an Australian competition for religious artwork, the Blake prize, which has attracted 500 odd entries.
Fortunately there don't seem to be any scatological entries. Rather it is the conflating of Christian iconography with Islam that is providing the publicity.
In particular a portrayal of Osama bin Laden as Christ and a Burqa clad Virgin Mary have attracted attention while the winner, Shirley Purdie's painting Stations of the Cross is all but ignored.
But although the artists concerned have achieved the fifteen minutes of fame they seek, the attention they are getting is more akin to that which Paris Hilton receives rather than lionization as ground breaking free thinkers.
Which is just as it should be.
Further reading: Andrew Bolt: Osama, where art thou hanging?