Sunday, August 9, 2009

not a care

The Art Advocate leaves for the shore today, and will remain away through Labor Day. This image is a small oil painting by Atlanta artist, Karin Jurick.

Friday, August 7, 2009


An artist and 2 assistants were taken into custody in Hong Kong following painting a brand logo on a retail establishment.

An article may be found here.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


The judging panel at this years Aspect Prize (UK) declined a painting in Paisley Art Gallery, on the grounds that the painting's title is not acceptable. The artist said that changing the title would materially change the work; however he did then change the title.

An article may be found here.

purple gate

The Sorceror's Gate sculpture in the median of Cleveland Street, downtown Clearwater (Florida), as well as 2 other sculptures at that location, are coming down to make way for a new group of 3. An article may be found here.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

saffron threads

A 2 year old photograph of a popular Burmese actor and friends was published on a popular Burmese website on Tuesday. An article may be found here.

sippy cups

This sculpture will be unveiled on September 11 in Norman Oklahoma, before relocating to London next year. The artist was inspired by articles about American actress Angelina Jolie breastfeeding her twin infants. Other works by this artist include Suri Cruise's first bowel movement, and a Paris Hilton autopsy.

An article may be found here.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

long term storage

This 184 foot sculpture, next to Manchester (UK) City's Eastlands stadium, has been cut down due to safety conceerns, and will be placed in storage until a decision is made on its future. Last year a suit by the city alleging breach of contract and negligence against the artist/contractors was settled for £1.7million.

An article may be viewed here.

white face

The creator of this image has not yet been identified; someone has transformed an image of this political figure with white face and make-up into a well-recognized character from last summer's The Dark Knight, added text, and published the image in poster form around Los Angeles, where the movie was filmed. The poster appeared over the weekend at random locations in the city.

An article may be found here.

Monday, August 3, 2009

intergalactic love champions

The artist staged a protest at Barnes and Noble in his first solo exhibition, Framingham (Mass.) when the store refused to exhibit this image, which depicts 'robot women,' according to the artist.

An article may be viewed here.

the Capital gang

Art Capital Group provides financial and consulting services to art owners, permitting collectors and artists to obtain loans using artwork as collateral. The company has filed suit against Annie Leibovitz in New York, alleging that she has defaulted on loan payments.

Earlier this year, Leibovitz obtained a line of credit from American Photography, an entity affiliated with Art Capital Group. As part of the agreements between the parties, the artist authorized American Photography to be the exclusive agent for sale of her photographs, other art works owned by her, as well as her real estate properties.

An article may be viewed here.

full bodied

Sale of California's Cycles Gladiator wines have been banned in Alabama. Liquor advertising regulations in Alabama prohibit the display of 'a person posed in an immoral or sensuous manner' on alcohol packaging or trade dress. The image is a reproduction of a late 19th century French bicycle ad.

An article may be found here.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

greater israel

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Jews for Justice for Palestine and 442 members of the public complained to the ASA that this holiday travel poster implied that the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights were part of Israel. The Israeli Government Tourist Office defended, saying that the image and text gave visitors an idea of the location of accessible areas around Israel. The ASA found the ad was misleading.

An article may be found here; a summary of the adjudication from the ASA website, here.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

yankee clipper

A photograph of baseball legend Joe DiMaggio is currently on view in the exhibit Hunted and Gathered, at the gallery Modernism, in San Francisco. The photo is not for sale.


The Evanston (Illinois) City Council approved this sculpture for installation on the roof of a parking garage. One alderman objected, saying that the sculpture implied a potential suicide, however a selection committee appointed by the Public Art Committee approved it after reviewing 189 art works. The German artist also designed a sculpture at the LaSalle Gateway Plaza, Chicago.

An article from the Chicago Tribune may be viewed here.