Monday, November 30, 2009

puppet government

An article about the use of latex puppets by this television show (Africa) may be viewed here.

dangerous art

An article from Ballwin Missouri, from an unrecognized source may be viewed here. After reading the article, it might surprise you to learn that Ballwin was named one of America's Best Places to Live by Money Magazine in 2005.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

access controlled

At the Internet Governance Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the sponsor required the removal of a poster promoting a book, because the poster referenced internet firewalls in China. The book is Access Controlled; a review may be viewed here. The forum sponsor is the United Nations.

The language deemed in violation of UN forum policies, from the poster: "The first generation of Internet controls consisted largely of building firewalls at key Internet gateways; China's famous "Great Firewall of China" is one of the first national Internet filtering systems."

censorship without borders

The article about Chinese authorities attempting to censor in Bangladesh, may be viewed here.

shirts versus skins

The US Supreme Court (District of Columbia) this Thanksgiving week declined to hear a case with a protracted history, alleging that their NFL home team name and marks disparage persons, living and dead, in violation of trademark law. An article may be viewed here. The case is Harjo v. Pro Football, Inc. (1992)

well that's a croc

This Porsche Cayman is a 2 seater, a product of German engineering; the Crocs Cayman is a plastic clog, supposedly based on an Italian design, a concept hatched by Americans in Colorado.

The German carmaker (There is no substitute) has sued the American footwear company (The perfect shoe for beach or boat) alleging infringement, consumer confusion and the dilution of Porsche's established brand , in a German court.

luxo junior

Disney and (Norwegian behemouth) Luxo AS had enjoyed a 23 year history of amicable co-existence---but see Luxo AS v. the Walt Disney Company et al 09-cv-7689, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan.)

An article outlining the dispute and its expeditious resolution, may be viewed here.


The image on black is Chrysler's new logo (Detroit, Michigan).

Saturday, November 28, 2009

no Russian

The new release of Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty has getting press due to disturbing imagery in the US (as discussed in an article here) and objectionable storyline in Russia ( here.)

Jesus wept

This is a cropped image from a larger work, "One Nation Under God," by Jon McNaughton (American). A link to the artist's website, which includes an interview with the artist, and descriptions of 60 elements of symbolism in the master piece, may be viewed here; an article via the Huffington post, may be viewed here.

Doffing, the ArtSmith.

Friday, November 27, 2009

play it again Sam

An article about this image of a well-known actress sitting for a recreation of Titan's Diana and Actaeon, which is in danger of being removed from display at the National Gallery in London; an article may be viewed here.

BBC Two issued a challenge to artists to create a 21st century version of the painting, and this photographer responded thus.


An article about the (Alaska) installation which was taken down due to curatorial concerns about language in the public comments, may be viewed here.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

little turkey heads

NBC decided not to show this PETA ad, scheduled to run today during the broadcast of the Macy's parade in New York; it features a child's giving earnest and descriptive thanks to god before a traditional holiday meal. An article including a YouTube video of the spot, with its references to dirt, poop, chemicals, and lest we forget, rainbows, may be viewed here.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

women of the bible

An article about art by this North of Ireland artist, may be viewed on the sugahfix blog.

I'll take the train

Zack Hyman's recent work which did not result in models being arrested and charged, is discussed in an article found here. He photographs female nudes in public places.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

nude in public

As expected, criminal charges of "lewd in public" had to be dropped against this artist's model in New York; the article may be found here.

This post is an Update of the Streak, September 7.

idle hours

This man has been photographed and the image sold commercially in Baltimore, Maryland; an article may be viewed here.

strange bedfellows

An article about Pornolitics Remix (Valetta, Malta) may be viewed here.

Monday, November 23, 2009

tear sheets

When this artist refused to modify his work, it was rejected by the Orchard Street Schul Cultural Heritage Artists Project (New Haven, Connecticut.) An article may be viewed here.


An article about the public arrest of this artist in Los Angeles (California) may be viewed here.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

going public

An article about this private gesture, in Pasadena (California) which may become a public work of art, may be viewed here.

burqa barbie

These dolls are on display and being marketed in, among other locations, Florence Italy; an article may be viewed here.

Hajibs off to the ArtSmith.

free exercise

An article about the lawsuit against a Zulu king, to halt this ancient religious ritual/performance art, may be viewed here.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

also he likes red shoes

A slant on the relationship between the universal Church and art may be viewed here; another article, reporting that il Papa will suggest that his guests donate a work to the Vatican collection, may be viewed here.

An article about manly papal footwear may be viewed here.

hope for afghanistan

This political cartoon by Gary Clement, New Post (Toronto Canada).

in dutch

An article about some radical responses to this image (Netherlands) may be found here.

Friday, November 20, 2009

barbie swinging easy

An article about this image and the upcoming Turnip Prize (UK) announcement, may be viewed here; while a Forbes Magazine slideshow of Barbie images in art, from earlier this year, may be viewed here.

ruby, jack and the girls

An article from the local Dallas (Texas) newspaper may be found here.

death of marat

An article about this Washington DC mural, not far from the Capitol, may be viewed here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

without a trace

An article about the differences between the UK version of this movie poster, and the US version, may be viewed here.


This installation of public art was placed adjacent to the police administration building in Los Angeles (California); an article suggesting resemblances may be viewed here.

Monday, November 16, 2009

serve the people

An article about the detention by authorities of a CNN reporter, for displaying this image in Shanghai, may be viewed here. The translation of the words on the shirt is "Serve the People."

Doff: the ArtSmith

a mild blend

An article may be viewed here.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

atchoo bless you

Inside Time, a monthly periodical distributed to prisoners in the UK recalled 50,000 copies of an issue containing this image, when it was posited that the image could be offensive to a religious group represented within the general population.

The Jailhouse lawyer post may be viewed here.

ok then it's settled

As reported by the ACLU, an artist has settled her wrongful detention case against the police in Snohomish (outside of Seattle, Washington State.) She was detained after taking 17 photographs of an electrical substation from publicly accessible spots; there were no signs advising of any restrictions against taking photographs. The artist incorporates the images into etchings. An article close in time to the arrest may be viewed here.

opus dei

Spanish lawyers for the (Catholic Prelatura) del Opus Dei, have claimed trademark infringement in Denmark against game producers of Opus Dei: Existence After Religion. An article may be viewed here.

piss christ

An article explaining why in this image shown on a popular US television show, Jesus appears to be crying, may be found here.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

view (right-left) from 1600

This political cartoonist renders apology to Saul Steinberg (see New Yorker cover March 1975) in his recent rendering; the artist has employed the template once before, in 2003.

The cartoonist's profile.

black and white and read all over

The cartoonist's profile.

some di hards

Bluewater Productions (UK) published this illustrated biography, part of a series called Female Force, with 'zero expectation' of controversy, however a UK circle has been strong in voicing opposition; an article may be viewed here.