Wednesday, September 30, 2009

instrument of change

A German jewelry- and pen-maker has produced a limited-edition commemorative fountain pen in honor of Mohandas Gandhi, a man who shunned both imports and luxuries in his daily existence; the pen retails for $24,763 (equivalent). The streetside billboard advertisement is in New Dehli.

An article, here.

journey to the nude

Parents from a nearby elementary school are complaining about this sculpture, Journey to the New, installed on a shopping center plaza in Delray Beach (Florida). According to the artist, it was inspired by the journeys of Ethiopian and Russian Jews to Israel.

An article may be found here.

Monday, September 28, 2009

stopping and driving traffic

On September 21, from noon -1 pm local time, Antony Gormley's public art installation at Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth featured a professional dancer. The project's website and live feed, collapsed temporarily. The Metropolitan (London) police were summoned but did not intervene.

An article may be found here.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

reefer madness

Authorities in Venezuela are enforcing a boycott of Family Guy, after an episode featured the cartoon family promoting the legalization of marijuana.

An article may be found here.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

work for hire

A student-worker/freelance artist has filed a copyright infringement suit against NYU, claiming that she designed the athletic department mascot for the school, and has not been compensated.

An article may be viewed here.

Friday, September 25, 2009

why fight

Based on a complaint from one student, this poster was removed from a bulletin board at a Virginia university.

An article may be found here.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

take my wife, please

Armed gunman, giving instructions in French and English, stole the painting Olympia, a nude of the artist's wife, from a museum located in the artist's former residence in Brussels this week.

An article may be found here; further details, here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

atomic sunshine

This year, a group of Japanese art was organized at the Puffin Room in New York. When the exhibit moved to Toyko's Okinawa Prefectural Museum, certain photomontages depicting Hiroshima 1945 were excluded.

An article may be found here.

Monday, September 21, 2009

hidden persuaders

Smirnoff, Heineken, Cadillac, London Fog and US Airways inter alia have arranged product placement on this U.S. Emmy-winning drama series; paid product placement is common and expected in the US. Stealth marketing is illegal in the UK, and current BBC guidelines ban the practice.

An article may be viewed here.

liar liar

This a dust jacket for a young adult novel, scheduled to drop end of September, will be published by Bloomsbury Children's Books. The author describes the main character as 'black with nappy hair which she wears natural and short.'

An article may be found here.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

opened to mixed reviews

This 65 foot tall sculpture by Albert Paley has been installed in Charleston (WV) at a cost of $900,000.; the funds were a gift from a benefactor. A dedication is planned for October 6.

An article may be found here.

Mann Act

A man living in Nebraska has been convicted of felony theft and ssexual assault on a minor child. He had been accused of stealing a 300 year old painting with a religious subject, hoping to sell it in Mexico to pay for an abortion for a 14 year old girl whom he was accused of raping, kidnapping and transporting across state lines as well as international borders.

An article may be viewed here.

family feud

The fate of this 8' x 10' sculpture remains in limbo; the group that commissioned it has disbanded, the artist has collected only 1/2 his fee, and the piece was stored for a time in the Armory (the police museum) where it was damaged, and has temporary quarters now in the Learning Corridor.

An article may be viewed here.

chest bumping

The local police in Torrington, Connecticut received an anonymous complaint about this painting by a local artist, which was on display in a gallery window. The police asked a gallery employee to remove the painting from display while the investigation proceeded, and the gallery employee complied with the request.

An article may be found here.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


This painting by MF Husain hangs in a government museum in Goa, where a conservative Hindu organization has called for its removal. There is no allegation that the painting offends any person or group; the call for removal of the painting is in protest against the artist.

An article may be found here.

attain nirvana

Courtney Love threatened to sue developers of Guitar Hero, saying she had not approved certain features of Kurt Cobain's avatar, principally the ability of the avatar to perform non-Nirvana songs.

An article may be viewed here.

we'll always have paris

The Ninth US District Court of Appeals has ruled this week that Paris Hilton may pursue her claim against Hallmark Cards, Inc. Hallmark intends to defend the use as parody ie fair use.

An article may be viewed here.

Friday, September 18, 2009

fake her own

Anti-suicide advocates have criticized lady GaGa's performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last Sunday, saying that the performance romanticized suicide.

An article may be found here.

cop art

An article may be viewed here.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

lord of obstacles

An art exhibit moved locations following protests and threats; the exhibit is called "Eternal Ganesha." An article may be viewed here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

red scare

TV commentator Glenn Beck has been pointing out on his show certain elements of socialist and communist artistic and propaganda style on certain New York buildings. it now appears Beck's 9.12 event utilizes the same style.

Articles in the LA Times may be viewed here, and here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

earthquake what earthquake

Works about the Sichuan earthquake and other sensitive issues have been banned from the Beijing 798 Biennale. The exhibit takes place in a former electronics factory in the Dashanzi art district, northeast of central Beijing. The artistic director told the deputy director not to include art likely to stir up controversy.

An article may be found here.

fucking with damien hirst

When a pseudonymist artist's collages were offered for sale in 2008, Damien Hirst complained to the Design and Artists Copyright Society; the website selling Cartrain's collages gave up the pieces called 'love of god' and a verbal apology. Conflict between the artists arose again July 2009 when Cartrain allegedly removed a box of pencils from a Hirst installation at the Tate Britain, and left a ransom note. Cartrain was arrested by the Art and Antiques division of New Scotland Yard, and charged in the heist; the artist's father arrested for abetting-he is suspected of harboring the pencils.

An article may be found here.

Monday, September 14, 2009

gun show

An artist was advised that he faced prosecution if he placed this artwork in a public place without reason. He had intended to place the art in the vicinity of London schools, in an exhibit called 'Kids have Everything These Days.'

An article may be found here.

Sunday, September 13, 2009


A human rights group suspended its senior military anayst following revelations that he is an avid collector of Nazi memorabilia.

An article may be viewed here.

Friday, September 11, 2009

miru makes a porno

The artist shown here visits isolated places-such as tunnels, sewers, churches, factories--and with the help of a tripod, photographs herself nude in the setting.

An article may be found here.


A Brazilian advertising agency reportedly created this image as a part of a pitch to the World Wildlife Fund. An article may be viewed here.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

inside job

A collection of original artwork by Andy Warhol was stolen last week from a West Los Angeles home. There was no sign of forced entry, and nothing else was disturbed. An article from the LA Times may be found here.

Of interest may be, described by its developer as 'part parody, part experiment, part commentary, part visual gag.'

fair enough?

This image is the subject of a lawsuit, Gaylord v. U.S. One of the questions in the case is whether this stamp makes fair use of the sculpture it depicts. The sculpture is titled "the Column" and is a part of the Korean War Veterans' Memorial in Washington DC. The U.S. Postal Service obtained permission to use the photograph that appears on the stamp; however did not obtain permission from the sculptor; the sculptor has sued the US Postal Service for infringing his copyrights in the sculpture.

An article may be viewed here.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

upset upstate

This work has been on display at the public library in Marcellus (near Syracuse) NY. Parishioners of Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God Church, in the village of Warners, have been staging protests outside of the library, and have circulated a petition, demanding the piece of art be censored. The petition stated that the work "is a grave dishonor to our Lady because it depicts her as being devoured by a Coke bottle."

boulder dash

This commissioned sculpture was unveiled in Silt Colorado last month. Though the artist says he has received no complaints, some residents are considering a petition to have the artwork removed.

An article may be found here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

not again

Yale University Press will not include the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in its upcoming release "Cartoons that Shook the World," a book which will explore the Danish newspaper's 2005 decision to publish. The book will not produce any of the 12 original cartoons which appeared in September 30, 2005 edition of Jyllands-Posten, nor will it contain other illustrations of the prophet. The decision not to publish the images was made after scholars, officials and diplomats expressed concern that publication could again ignite violence. When European newspapers originally published the cartoons, in 2005, they set off violent protests by Muslim groups.

An article from Ethics Daily, may be found here; a press release from the university, here.

blood work

This self-portrait which uses the artist's frozen blood, the latest in a series, was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in London this week. The gallery paid 300,000 pounds for the piece.

An article may be found here.

hell mary

Sponsors of an exhibit in Tel Aviv reacted to complaints by families of victims, and removed several paintings portraying Palestinian suicide bombers as the virgin Mary.

An article may be found here.

Monday, September 7, 2009

heavy handed

The artist has several cartoons of Lord Ganesh in varying poses and states of dress. A local conservative group, HJS has lodged a complaint against the artist with the local police in Goa, stating that the images offend Hindu sentiment. The exhibit was shortened from 12 days to 2.

The artist's website may be found here; an article may be found here.

the streak

Zach Hyman was photographing this model at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The model was detained by an employee of the museum, and later arrested and charged with public lewdness. The photographer was not charged with "Promoting the Exposure of a Person" section 245.02 of the New York Criminal Code. Nine years ago, the US Court of Appeals (2d circuit) opined that the exemption in the statute for a 'play, show, exhibition or entertainment" should apply to a photo shoot, Tunick v. Safir, 228 F.3d 135 (2d Cir 2000.)

An article may be viewed here.

mad men

An Aids awareness campaign has utilized images of Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein and Joseph Stalin, in spots that will be shown on German television next week, in advance of World Aids Day. Other organizations have been critical of the spots, saying that it could be Aids sufferers, and not the disease itself, who will be associated with the historical figures.

An article may be found here.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

oh for god's sake

An art restorer has discovered an unoriginal layer on a painting by French painter Nicholas Poussin depicting Priapus, a minor fertility god; the name of the painting is "Hymenaios Disguised as Woman During an Offering to Priapus." It is speculated that the erect penis of the smiling god was covered during a period when the painting was in Catholic Spain in the 18th century. The discovery should surprise no one, least of all an art restorer at the Louvre, since the iconic attribute of the god, as portrayed throughout art history, has been his priapism.

An article may be found here.


Annie Leibovitz has been sued in federal court in New York by an Italian photographer for allegedly using and modifying a photograph taken by him, and using it commercially without permission or attribution. The photographer, Paolo Pizzetti, alleges that Leibovitz used his photos in a 2009 calendar for Lavazza coffee. He is seeking a court order to stop the images from being used, and $300,000 in damages for copyright infringement.

The calendar images may be viewed on Lavazza's website, here; an article may be viewed here.


An exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum displays paintings, prints and photographs along side of their source image, revealing relationships of appropriation.

Exposed! at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, through October 4.