Post image for South Korea’s Art Community Protests Top Candidate for Museum Directorship After Censorship Fiasco

South Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) will very soon have a new director, but the local art community is protesting the top candidate for the position, Bartomeu Marí.

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Post image for Three Resign from International Museum Committee Board, Demand New Leadership

Three museum directors have resigned from their positions as board members for the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM), dissatisfied with how its top figures have handled and responded to debates that first emerged earlier this year over censorship.

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Post image for Major Russian Gallery Forced to Close After Supporting Political Prisoners

A legendary Russian gallery is being evicted after holding a charity event supporting political prisoners.

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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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