Category Archives: Controversial Art

State of the Art

The iconic Delacroix painting has been vandalized at the Louvre.

The iconic Delacroix painting has been vandalized at the Louvre.

  • On Thursday afternoon, Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People” was defaced by a 29 year-old woman at the Louvre. “According to judicial sources, the woman scrawled ‘AE911’ on the canvas using an indelible black marker pen.” [France 24]
  • “The Origin of the World” has a face. Courbet expert Jacques Fernier has authenticated a painting of a woman’s head, discovered by an amateur art buff, as by Gustave Courbet. “Tantalisingly, other sections of the painting may still be at large, including one in which the model’s hand holds a fluttering parakeet, a symbol of eroticism.” [Telegraph UK]
  • Michelangelo heads to jail… or his unfinished sculpture “La Pietà Rondanini” does, while its permanent home, Castello Sforzesco, undergoes renovations. Art historians have protested the planned temporary relocation to the Milanese prison, Carcere di San Vittore, but “supporters of the project believe that “La Pietà Rondanini,” with its underlying themes of suffering and forgiveness, will have a positive impact on the psyches of the inmates, many of whom have never come into contact with works of art.” [The Art Newspaper]

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State of the Art

An anti-censorship work by Egyptian street artist Keizer

An anti-censorship work by Egyptian street artist Keizer

  • Artists, curators, critics and academics protest Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi’s controversial charter, which they say threatens freedom of expression and creativity. [The Art Newspaper]
  • “(Art) reaches beyond governments, past the conference rooms and presidential palaces, to help us connect with more people in more places. It is a universal language in our search for common ground, an expression of our shared humanity.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton writes for Vanity Fair on “The Diplomacy of Art.” [Vanity Fair]
  • “The library should be a safe harbor for controversies of all types, and those controversies can be dealt with in the context of what is known about art, about literature, democracy and freedom,” said Clement A. Price, a library trustee and Rutgers history professor. The Newark Public Library has uncovered Kara Walker’s controversial drawing, which had been shrouded since one-day after its installation. [The Star-Ledger]

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From Palate to Palette: Can Food be Art?

Can food be art?

Can food be art?

William Deresiewicz recently wrote a piece for the NY Times that declares that food cannot be art. My post on Createquity argues differently.

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The Art School as Artwork

The University of Trash: at the Sculpture Center Photo by Graham Coreil-Allen

Read my post on Createquity about art schools as art projects.

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Can Instagram Can Get You Sued?

Instagram photo by Dan Baxter

Instagram photo by Dan Baxter

On Monday, Instagram caused a stir when it released its updated Terms of Use, which state that:

Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you. If you are under the age of eighteen (18), or under any other applicable age of majority, you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to this provision (and the use of your name, likeness, username, and/or photos (along with any associated metadata)) on your behalf. Continue reading

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Capitalism Can Save Art! Down With Capitalism!

It’s difficult to craft a logical response to something as inconsistent and unreasonable as Camille Paglia’s recent Wall Street Journal essay “How Capitalism Can Save Art.” But, when links to the piece ended up in my Facebook feed this week, I knew I had to give it a shot. Paglia concludes that “our fine arts have become a wasteland”due to our country’s shrunken industrial base and the “routine defamation of capitalism by armchair leftists.” Continue reading

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Links List: Axl Rose, Jeffrey Gundlach and a Fake Feces Obama Bobblehead

  • Laura London’s “Sweet Child O’Die” photo is one of several that has prompted Axl Rose to demand the cancellation of her upcoming solo exhibition

    “Sweet Child O’Die:” Axl Rose has served LA’s Coagula Curatorial gallery with a cease and desist notice, demanding that they cancel photographer Laura London’s “defamatory” exhibition “Once Upon a Time… Axl Rose Was My Neighbor.” [Spin]

  • Jeffrey Gundlach has offered to buy back his stolen Mondrian and Jasper Johns, no questions asked. [Art Market Monitor]
  • 25 years after Andres Serrano made “Piss Christ, the photograph continues to cause controversy and provoke some odd responses, including Bill Donohue’s jar filled with fake feces and a President Obama bobble head doll created. Donohue is the president of the Catholic league explains that “[Liberals] don’t believe in God. This is their God,” and reveals that the “feces” is really brown Play-Doh. [Buzzfeed]

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