Post image for Instagram Deletes Activist Account After #KKKorGOP Posts

Last night, the activist group Dream Defenders contributed to the first GOP debate through Instagram, posting on its account collaged images of Republican candidates and members of the KKK, tagged #KKKorGOP.

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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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