Thursday, December 31, 2009

record keeping

An article about a new law in South Dakota, which goes into effect this week, requiring tattoo artists in the state to verify identities and keep records, may be viewed here.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

housewives and steaknives

An article may be viewed here. The painting is part of a UK collection, and will be on loan to a New York museum.

meanwhile in gaza

An article about graffiti in Gaza, may be viewed here.

dead on- David Levine (1926-2009)

An article from NPR may be viewed here; a gallery may be viewed here.

Reportedly, the work shown was pulled from the New York Times Op Ed page in 2003.

covered and smothered

An article may be viewed here.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

hearts and soles

According to court documents filed in Seattle, Gwenyth Shoes is suing Paris Hilton over part of her new shoe design-the heart-shaped pad on the insole; Gwyneth claims a patent application was filed in 2007, prior to Paris Hilton's line being introduced in February 2008.

An article about the dispute may be viewed here.

Monday, December 28, 2009

walk like an egyptian update

Germany has responded to Egypt's most recent demands for Nefertiti to be returned by stating that the bust is too fragile to be transported; and additionally that it was acquired lawfully by the the Prussian state, so should remain in Berlin. Egypt first requested the bust's return in 1930. A prior post on this subject is dated May 9, 2009.

The article may be viewed here.

you're getting warmer

Banksy reportedly did this work, and other more recognizable ones, as shown on this blog. (London, UK)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

ergo propter hoc

Coach has sued Target in US District Court (Manhattan) alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition. The tan image is Coach's Ergo design; I carry the black.

The article may be viewed here.

be prepared

The artist wrote-in to this blog, demanding that his images be removed. His objection may have been that he could not moderate the comments.

The artist's website may be viewed here.

filming buildings

An article about an art student, arrested after being stopped for filming buildings in the UK, may be viewed here.

tame game?

The image was photographed in northern Spain for a UK photographic competition. An article may be viewed here.


An article outlining the issues in Starbucks' case against this New Hampshire roastery, and the December 3, 2009 ruling, may be viewed here.

big head

An article about this installation in British Columbia (Canada) may be viewed here. The Chinese consulate has called for its de-installation, as reported here.

armadillo nut zippers

An article may be viewed here. Question is, how did the armadillos end up in New York City?

brown-eyed girl

An article may be viewed here.

sensible shoes

An article may be viewed here.

dirty pool

The complaint calls Yale University's actions 'art laundering;' details may be viewed here.

chocolate factory

An article about the collaboration may be viewed here.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

scarred for life

An article about this and some of Avedon's other subjects may be viewed here. Richard Avedon at the Detroit Institute of Art, through January 17, 2010.

flag on the play

This is an update from a November 14, 2009 post, red shirts.

The artist filed a notice of appeal in federal district court in Alabama this week. In the November ruling, Senior District Judge Robert Propst ruled that Moore's paintings of University of Alabama football players do not infringe on the UA trademarks, so long as no university symbol or logo is used. Moore is objecting to language in the ruling, which states that--unless licensed--Moore has infringed and will infringe on the university's trademark(s) if he should create reproductions of his artwork that 'include any University of Alabama football uniforms on mini-prints, mugs, cups, calendars, flags, towels, tee-shirts or any other mundane products.'

Doff, the ArtSmith.

exit Craigie Aitchison

An article about the Scottish artist's life, work and influences, may be viewed here.

nom de plume

An article about the exhibit in Moscow of Joseph Stalin's nudes, with commentary, may be viewed here.


An article may be viewed here.

Friday, December 25, 2009

forgive us our trespassers

An article about this Nipomo (California) Christmas display may be viewed here.

No elf

An article about Austria's movement to ban images of 'father Christmas,' may be viewed here.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

taxi on over

An article about this alternative exhibition space, may be viewed here.

oh come lettuce

An article about some of the images on the ornaments on the tree at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington DC) this year, may be viewed here. Happy Holidays, and a doff of the fur-lined red cap, to the ArtSmith.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


An article about the removal of this image from bus ads in Hillcrest (California), may be viewed here.

Monday, December 21, 2009


This is a Christmas card; an article, here.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Kevin Harman Art

This artist drove a piece of scaffolding through a window at the Collective gallery (Scotland;) and promptly made restitution; he was arrested for breach of the peace nonethless. The artist's website may be viewed here.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

going blind

An article may be viewed here.

myth militarism and boy-man love

An article from the Asian Art museum's samurai blog, calling attention to an event of censorship at the de Young Museum (San Francisco) may be viewed here; the images may be viewed here.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Capitalism Kills Love

This sign was intended to hang on the side of a building in Miami ahead of Art Basel earlier this month, however one of the owners of the building objected; the art was installed at another location within 24 hours.

An article may be viewed here.

engage youth

An art initiative to 'engage youth' resulted in a drug and alcohol inspired mural in Victoria (Australia); an article may be viewed here.


A FedEx Kinkos employee refused to reproduce this South Carolina family's Christmas card photo; an article may be viewed here.

Doff, the ArtSmith

make it rain

An article may be viewed here; another, describibg the interested groups, may be viewed here.

full of hot air

An article may be viewed here.

set free

This sign, created by interned Jewish citizens, has been stolen from its site at the entrance to the Nazi death camp in Auschwitz (Poland); an article may be viewed here.

December 20, 2009: The sign, cut into 5 pieces, has been located by police, and five men arrested; the article may be viewed here.

trunk show

An article may be viewed here.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

the little prince

An article about the impound and the Prince of Liechtenstein's response, may be viewed here. An artilce from archives, showing the history of the dispute, with footnotes, is here.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Josephine and what's her name

A folio containing forty images by James Gillray (Great Britain's) leading caricaturist of the late 1700's were discovered at the Ministry of Justice in an office move, and are now in the print collection and on display and the Victoria and Albert. This drawing shows Le Vicomte de Barras. Behind the curtain is Napoleon's wife Josephine with the wife of another politician. It is believed that the album was seized by the police in the 1800's.

An article may be viewed here.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

angels fear to tread

An article may be viewed here.

no pop ups

On the mall in Washington DC: An article may be viewed here.

Monday, December 14, 2009

brown out

This billboard was installed outside a church in New Zealand; within hours of its installation, it was smeared with brown paint. Doff, the Artsmith.

An article may be viewed here; the website for St. Matthew's in the city, here.

of the california sultans

Larry Sultan, dead at 63; an article may be viewed here.