Post image for Turkish Government Censors Video Projection and Youth Biennial Artworks

ISTANBUL — This year hasn’t been particularly easy for members of the arts community in Turkey, as they have come increasingly under fire, facing growing censorship and cancellations of exhibitions.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on May 3, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: an MFA student’s sculpture about campus gun laws violated campus gun laws, collector Aby Rosen forked over $7 million in unpaid taxes on art, and the painter of the Donald Trump micropenis portrait was attacked by one of the candidate’s supporters.

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Post image for Cambodia Censors Screening of Film About Slain Environmental Activist

I Am Chut Wutty, a documentary by British filmmaker Fran Lambrick detailing Wutty’s work and tragic death, was set to be shown publicly at Phnom Penh’s Meta House on April 20 — until the authorities had their say.

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Post image for Iran Forces Jailed Artist to Undergo Virginity and Pregnancy Tests [UPDATED]

The Iranian artist sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison for her satirical cartoons critical of the Iranian government was forced to repeatedly undergo virginity and pregnancy tests last year.

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Post image for Lawsuit Forces Closure of Only Museum Devoted to Tiananmen Square Protests

The world’s first and only permanent museum dedicated to China’s Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 will shutter by the end of the year, with organizers citing political reasons for the closure.

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Post image for Surf China’s Censored Web at an Internet Cafe in New York

It may have been a while since you’ve set foot in an internet cafe, but a pop-up one on the Lower East Side offering free tea on top of free wifi is well worth a visit for a lesson in online freedoms.

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Post image for Istanbul Gallery Cancels War-Themed Exhibition, Citing “the Delicate Situation in Turkey”

Post-Peace, an exhibition that was slated to open on March 2 at the nonprofit cultural center Akbank Sanat in Istanbul, has been cancelled due to what organizers are describing as ongoing political tensions within Turkey.

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Post image for Government Pressure Forces Closure of Vietnamese Artist Residency

What started as a series of unexpected visits from Vietnam’s Cultural Police has left one of Southeast Asia’s most respected artist residency programs temporarily stalled.

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Post image for Dhaka Art Summit Censors Pro-Tibet Artwork at Chinese Ambassador’s Request

Nangdrol, an 18-year-old Tibetan living in Sichuan Province, China, penned a farewell letter on February 19, 2012.

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Post image for After Sculpture Censorship Fiasco, Italian Officials Fail to Uncover the Naked Truth

Earlier this week, the Musei Capitolini in Rome found itself at the center of a controversy as news spread worldwide of the censorship of some of its famous nude statues in anticipation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to the institution.

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