Post image for Dissident Artist Convinces Russian Detective to Quit His Job

A Russian police investigator interrogates a detained political artist, with the end result being that the detective — his eyes opened to the state’s abuses of power — renounces his badge.

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Post image for Conservative Politician Demands Removal of Sexual Mandala, Gallery Refuses

At first glance, French Canadian artist Rosalie Maheux’s artwork displayed in the lobby of a government office building in Toronto resembles a kaleidoscopic mandala composed of harmless, symmetric shapes.

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Post image for Palestinian Artist’s Rainbow Mural on the West Bank Wall Has Unintended Consequences

Artist Khaled Jarrar is no stranger to controversy.

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Post image for Artist Who Got Turkish President Fined Now Facing Four Years in Jail

Sculptor Mehmet Aksoy may have scored a victory earlier this year, when the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was fined about $3,800 for calling his unfinished “Monument to Humanity” a “monstrosity,” but now the artist is facing 56 months in prison for insulting the president.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on June 16, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: Brigitte Bardot goes after artist for using her image, tourists snap naked group photo on sacred Malaysian mountain, and Russia crucifies trash Jesus.

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Post image for Iranian Artist Gets 12 Years in Prison for Political Cartoon

Atena Farghadani, a 28-year-old artist on trial in Iran over a cartoon that depicts members of parliament as animals, has been sentenced to 12 years and 9 months in prison.

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Post image for When A Benefit Against Censorship Gets Censored

A New York benefit show for the National Coalition Against Censorship cancelled last week over allegedly offensive material will go on at a new venue — though without the Mohammed-themed play that first started the controversy.

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Post image for High School Art Showing Police Violence Spawns Social Media Outrage

When a New Jersey high school art department turned its gym into a temporary gallery last Tuesday, it couldn’t have predicted the controversy that would follow.

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Post image for Woman Found Guilty of Criminal Harassment for Instagramming Street Art

Jennifer Pawluck, the Montrealer who was arrested in 2013 for posting a photo of a piece of street art on Instagram, has been convicted of criminal harassment and, on Thursday, was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and 18 months probation.

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Post image for Fox News Bizarrely Censors $179M Picasso Painting

Apparently the price paid for Picasso’s “Women of Algiers” (1955) on Monday is not the most obscene thing about it.

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