Monday, May 31, 2010

speaking out of school


An article about the high schooler's entry, may be viewed here.

no marine left behind



The battle for Iwo Jima took place from February 19-March 26, 1945.

An American cemetery was established on the island during the battle; all of the dead were later exhumed, returned to American soil, and reburied in Hawaii, in their home towns or at Arlington.

first ones in






Joseph Rosenthal's image (not shown) of 5 US Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the US flag at the summit of Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima in WWII was lauded with a Pulitzer Prize in the year it was taken, and has become one of the most recognized, published, reproduced and parodied images of the 2oth century. An article about that image may be viewed here.

Lou Lowery had photographed the first group of Marines going up the mountain and the first flag-raising on the summit, earlier in the day. Robert Campbell, who arrived with Rosenthal, photographed the first flag being lowered, and the second (some report larger) flag being substituted and raised. Joe Rosenthal then positioned himself to shoot the iconic 'raising of the flag' image. A detailed article, republished from 1995, may be viewed here; a dedicated website may be viewed here.

6821 Americans lost their lives in the Battle for Iwo Jima; 5931 were Marines, including 3 of the flagraisers from the second flag-raising. Additionally, there were over 18,000 Americans wounded.


the sledge report & a dover soul



The lower image depicts transfer cases in Iraq; the upper image shows a flag-draped transfer case arriving at Dover. An article from the photographer of the Iraq photograph, with a unique perspective--and a book to sell-- may be viewed here; the shot from Life originates here.

painting names in real time


An article about this monument at the Kirkuk Airbase may be viewed here. A more general article about monuments of this type, is here.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

get away with




An article may be viewed here.

muscle head


An article may be viewed here. Doffing the ArtSmith.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

goddess down


An article about the removal of the statue may be viewed here. Hong Kong is a semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

weapons of mass destruction




The news story may be viewed here.

classic compromise


An article about the City Council's suggested compromise for placement and material selection of Andrew Myer's sculpture, and the artist's response, may be viewed here.

broad brainwashed daylight


An article about who's dating whom, and Mr. Brainwash, may be viewed here.

Dennis Hopper (1936-2010)


A video interview of Dennis Hopper, art collector, located here. The image is a self-portrait, taken in front of a porn rack in 1962.

Friday, May 28, 2010

oh Jackie


An article about this furtive photography may be viewed here.

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera, through October 3, 2010, at the Tate Modern; the museum's website may be viewed here.

bad girls go everywhere


The setting of the film is Abu Dhabi, though filming took place in Morocco. An article from Bloomberg may be viewed here.

get happy


An article may be viewed here.

in the land of 40 million sheep


This billboard was removed by the mayor for violating community standards; organizers of the advertised event said it was removed so it would not be vandalized. An article may be viewed here.

New Zealand used to have 3 million people and 60 million sheep; however the sheep population has declined and the human population increased, since the 1980's. An article may be viewed here.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

color of state law


An article about the photography exhibit, To Serve and Protect, may be viewed here.

A person states a claim under 42 U.S.C. §1983 if he alleges that a defendant 'acting under color of state law' deprived him of a constitutional right.

pin head




An article about this issue affecting the Commonwealth, may be viewed here.

costume, jewelry


The Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, has advised that the film Certified Copy, which was directed by an Iranian, will not be screened in Iran, due to a certain 'costume' worn by the lead actress, Juliette Binoche, throughout the film; the article may be viewed here.

who you gonna call


An article about this vodka, banned in Ontario due to the design of the bottle, here.

mama said there'd be days like this


An article from the Art Newspaper, about the closing of the exhibit may be viewed here.

caught in the crossfire


An article may be viewed here.

in the extreme


This poster was considered 'too extreme' for display in Japan's train stations. I know, me either.

drink responsibly


An article about the removal, and you will never guess why, here.

bloody hell


An article may be viewed here.

we earn our wings everyday


An article may be viewed here.

le pen is mightier


An article may be viewed here.

lost in translations


An article may be viewed here.

take off that Cologne


An article may be viewed here. An exhibition was closed down, following charges that this image violated a German law barring incitement against minorities.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Moynihan's bar


An article may be viewed here.

pride gets in the way


An article may be viewed here.

low cut


Another rejection of an app by Apple; an article may be viewed here.

fleet headliner


An article about art in the former regional capital of culture, Baghdad, may be viewed here. The artist, Ahmed Abdullah Fadaam, has since given up sculpture.

taking a baath


An article may be viewed here.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

the tao of no


An article about the dismantling, may be viewed here.

swan dive


An article may be viewed here.

pests aside


An article may be viewed here.

navajo trapper

An article may be viewed here.

ram tough


An article may be viewed here.

lithuanian sun worshippers


Four men were acquitted, in a case involving display of this 'historic legacy' at a parade; an article may be viewed here. The court described the image as a centuries-old symbol representing the sun.

guten pinken


An article may be viewed here.