Saturday, October 31, 2009

trick or treat

This illustration was posted on Deviant Art, when, without prior notice, a "mature warning" lable was placed on the work. You must be a member to view mature content. The artist's account may be viewed here; the artist's website, here.

Friday, October 30, 2009

make mine a double

An article about this (North Carolina) advertisement may be viewed here.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

and the hits just keep coming

This is a followup from an earlier post, return to american soil; an article may be viewed here.

A quote from the article: "The White House kept Obama's plans off his schedule, informing a small group of traveling reporters in advance on condition of secrecy."

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

dessert tray

This poster for a London theater production was altered to enhance the actress' modesty; an article may be viewed here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

starring Oleg

This (Russian) installation artist has appeared in character as a dog of a leash in public, even defecating in museums. An article of his current installation may be found here.

Doff: the ArtSmith

Monday, October 26, 2009

don't forget your running bra

Zombieland's trailer added a bikini top. See figure at left.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

my friend Flickr

Flickr restored this image to the artist's flickr stream, this week; the photoshopper's comments including his characterization as a 'fraudulent' of the DMCA notice which caused the image to be removed in the first place, may be viewed here.

An LA Times article may be viewed here.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

presumed innocent

A judge in Bordeaux (France) in a surprise decision has reopened a 10 year old pornography charge against 2 museum directors and a curator of a 2000 exhibition called Presumed Innocent, held in the contemporary museum of art. Included among the works exhibited was this well-known image, the Painter, by Marlene Dumas.

An article outlining the procedural posture of the case in France, may be viewed here.

extremely sorry

The exterior of this Munich gallery is itself an exhibition piece, translating the words of a grieving parent whose child was killed as a result of the Sichuan province earthquake last year. An article may be viewed here.

So Sorry, works of Ai Weiwei (Chinese 1957-), at the Haus der Kunst (House of Art) in Munich, October 12, 2009 through January 17, 2010. The artist is recovering from injuries sustained in an attack which he alleges was by secret police in Sichuan in August; that report is here.


A brief article referencing the redaction of a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci on a game teaser site, here.

warrantless search and seizure

An article about the police seizure of the artist's property from a private gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania without a warrant, may be viewed here.

Friday, October 23, 2009

street cred

An article about the Corps of Engineers buffing this (Los Angeles, California) work, may be found here; an article about the artist's response, here.

hookah bar

An article may be viewed here.

The show runs from October 23 to November 22 at d'Last Studio and Gallery in Pilsen (Chicago, Illinois.)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


This mangaka traced photographs from fashion photography and incorporated them into her manga. An article, with reference to Roy Lichtensein's experience, may be viewed here.

heigh ho

In this advertisement for Jamieson Breweries raspberry ale in Australia, a well-loved Disney character is recast, and others are renamed after inherent vices. Speaking of which, smoking in bed is never recommended.

An article may be viewed here.

apples 2 apples

Apple Inc. (Cuppertino) is filing suit against Woolworth's in Australia, for trademark infringement. An article may be found here.

now that's attractive

This post is an update of Southfork, May 17, 2009.

diplomatic request

This artwork by Leo Abaya was to be shown at a gallery in Singapore and included in a catalogue to be presented to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in mid-November at the APEC Summit. However the Philippine Embassy in Singapore asked the gallery not to show this work. The artist's show has been moved to November 19, after the summit and this image will not be included in the catalogue.

singapore sling

This artist is exhibiting in Singapore, at the Tyler Print Institute, this month; his art is not displayed in his native Indonesia, where it runs afoul of 2008 anti-pornography legislation. "Art and this law cannot be reconciled. There is art and then there is this law, and they are very far apart," said the artist.

An article, including an image of a female nude overlaid with the text of the legislation, may be found here.

give us dirty laundry

This work by Christoph Buchel (Swiss) was offered for sale for 20,000 Euro; it quickly brought 2 offers matching the work's reserve price.

An article may be viewed here.

happy birthday Artsmith

The Artsmith is away on vacation, celebrating an important birthday with her lucky daughter, but that does not mean we must stop posting images to the blawg which we think will irritate her. Happy birthday, Artsmith.

An article may be found here.

do these jeans make my head look fat?

Attorneys for Polo Ralph Lauren wrote DMCA [pdf] letters to the ISP for boingboing for posting and commenting on the photograph on the left. Polo Ralph Lauren issued this statement, however no apology for the DMCA letters:

"For over 42 years, we have built a brand based on quality and integrity. After further investigation, we have learned that we are responsible for the poor imaging and retouching that resulted in a very distorted image of a woman's body. We have addressed the problem and going forward will take every precaution to ensure that the caliber of our artwork represents our brand appropriately." There was no mention of representing models appropriately, and no retraction of the DMCA notices.

An article may be viewed here.

Monday, October 19, 2009

ahead of the censor

These artists have resorted to private underground parties in Beijing to display their art; their public exhibitions have been shut down and their studios raided due to their work being in violation of China's censorship laws. In the work shown, the head is designed to be quickly removed and hidden, rendering the image unidentifiable, in case of a raid by authorities.

An article may be viewed here.

playing keep away

The U.S. Supreme Court this week delayed a decision on the release of 21 abuse photos alleged to have taken place 2001-2005 at Abu Ghraib and 6 other prisons. The Obama administration requested a stay so that Congress may vote on dictating authority to release the images solely to the Secretary of Defense. This is a clear attempt to thwart an ACLU suit filed under the Freedom of Information Act; lower courts have ruled that documents may only be withheld from disclosure under the FOIA for security reasons in cases of specific threats against individuals.

An article may be found here. This post is an update of an earlier post from April 25, 2009, Pentagon Paper; as updated May 14, 2009.

firing offense

On October 16, a fire destroyed approximately 90% of the artist's estate of Brazilian neocretist Helio Oiticica (1937-1980); the works were housed at the residence of the artist's brother in Rio de janeiro and were uninsured at the time of the loss. The works had been moved as a result of disagreements of the adequacy of the storage facilities at the Centro Municipal de Arte Helio Oiticica. The loss estimate is $200 million (USD equivalent.)

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The brother's residence was said to be equipped with humidity and temperature controls, as well as fire alarms. An article from Artforum may be found here.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Officials at a wax museum in Bangkok covered this billboard, after receiving complaints from the German and Israeli embassies; the translation is "Hitler is Not Dead."

An article may be viewed here.


Now that a court case has found that the gnomes are parody and not illegal nazi glorification, the artist has installed 1000 of the toys in a public square in Bavaria.

An article about the installation may be viewed here.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Irving Penn's other life

Photographer Irving Penn died earlier this month, aged 92; an article may be found here. Penn was known in the 1950's as a portrait and fashion photographer, frequently on assignment from Vogue magazine. His assignments involved fashion and models of the era, but his evenings and weekends were devoted to private study of the female nude. He produced a major series of nudes, including this example, in the tradition of fecund fertility symbols.

Nude No. 1, (1949)
Gelatin Silver Print
6 1/4 x 6 in.

Friday, October 16, 2009

moving on

Commissioned in 1926, this bronze is titled The Good Darky; there was concern at that time that the dominant culture in Natchitoches (Mississippi) would not accept the image. The bronze statue became colloquially known as Uncle Jack; in the 1960's the NAACP protested. It is again being relocated, this time to a site in Baton Rouge, near the African American Baptist Church, where it reportedly will be docented in context.

An article about the journey of the statue may be viewed here.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

koon's age

Tate Modern (London) is hosting a group show featuring the notion of the artist as 'brand.' Originally the show was to be called Sold Out, however it was ultimately titled Pop Life. The usual suspects were rounded up.

An article may be found here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

bedtime for bonzo

This large waxwork sculpture is at an exhibition at the former Holy Trinity Church in Marylebone (London.) An article may be viewed here. (doff : the Artsmith)

color shoot

This month's French Vogue put a Dutch supermodel in blackface. An article may be viewed here.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


This American artist draws from the sources of New Wave, a provocative underground movement originating from New York's lower east side in 1977; an article may be found here. A review including a statement from the artist may be viewed here.

Robert Longo, Galerie Saks, Geneva Switzerland through November 7, 2009.

da vinci coded

A forensic art expert has concluded that a fingerprint on a portrait formerly presumed to be 19th century German, belongs to Leonardo da Vinci.

An article may be found here; another, referencing a palm print in the chalk on the subject's neck, here. A possible explanation for the naming of artworks is offered here.

Monday, October 12, 2009

that was then

Tate Modern (UK) has recreated an exhibition which was universally condemned as racist when first installed at Leo Castelli Gallery in NY in 1992. The controversy ended one artist's career, and stalled another's, as galleries refused to show his work for 7 years. The original exhibition at Leo Castelli was "Red, Black, Green, Red, White and Blue;" the show at the Tate is called "Pop Life: Art in a Material World," which is reported in part to explore the New York arts scene and its links with the YBA's.

An article may be viewed here.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

repatriate act

The Musee du L'Ouvre, at the direction of France's minister of culture will return 5 pharaonic steles to Cairo, after it was shown to a persuasive standard that they were illegally removed from a cleric's tomb, and then from Egypt, in the 1980's. It is believed the five small relics hail from the tomb of the cleric Tetaki, in the valley of Kings, near Luxor, dating to the 18th dynasty (3,200 years.) No images are available, as the relics are currently in (storage) the reserve collection at the L'Ouvre. The head of Egypt's supreme council of antiquities reportedly had threatened to sever relations with the L'Ouvre unless the frescoes were returned. However, the Egyptian Culture Minister downplayed the ultimatum, stating that France's decision was expected in conformity with international agreements.

The image shown here is the Zodiac of Dendera, which remains in the the holdings of the Louvre, despite requests from Cairo. It was torn and removed from the Temple of Hathor at Dendera by a French military leader in 1821; a plaster copy now hangs in the temple, in place of the original.

An article may be viewed here.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

deadline news

After several years of controversy over lack of progress surrounding a 3,600 square foot mural in Clarkston (California), permission to proceed has been withdrawn by the owner of the building.

An article may be viewed here.


This American character actress, celebrating 20 years on stage and screen, agreed to bare all for the November cover. A spokesperson for Playboy stated: "We knew this would really appeal to the 20-something crowd." Entertainment for young men, then.

The issue drops October 16; an article may be found here.

Friday, October 9, 2009

slug fest

The yellow bordered image shown here is a collage by Henri Matisse, entitled : 'Escargots.' The blue-bordered image is an oil painting by Alma Thomas, an American-born painter, titled 'Watusi.' The painting has been chosen to hang in the White House. (doff: the ArtSmith)

A thoughtful commentary from an IP blawg may be found here.

Flickr off

Yahoo Management's Flickr Censorship Division reportedly without prior notice restricted or moderated this black and white photographic image from a member's photostream. The member describes his Flickr photosharing experience with regard to this image, here; Flickr's published community guidelines may be viewed here.

Odalisque (Jules-Joseph Lefebvre 1874), an oil painting in color, hangs, without warnings in an all-ages gallery, in the Art Institute of Chicago.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

come out the vote

Local Greens in Kaarst (Germany) posted this image in advance of elections late last week. The text translates: "The only reason to choose Black." Black is the name of Angela Merkel's party. The posters were criticized as racist and offensive; the Greens removed them issuing a statement without apology.

A short article may be viewed here.


This image used by an Italian ceramic tile company in print advertising has been banned in the UK, for implying sexual violence. Bisazza replied that the image did not show excessive perversion.

An article may be found here.