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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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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Post image for Syrian Film Collective Withdraws from Venice Biennale, Claims Censorship [UPDATED]

VENICE — The Abounaddara collective has withdrawn from All the World’s Futures, the 2015 Venice Biennale’s central exhibition curated by Okwui Enwezor, claiming that their opening short film, “All the Syria’s Futures,” was “censored” by not being screened on May 5.

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Post image for The Facebook Bug that Many Feared Was Censorship

The episode is a scary reminder of just how much we rely on Facebook and just how little control we have over it.

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Post image for Malaysian Cartoonist Charged with “Sedition” for Political Tweets

Last Friday, Malaysia officially charged the 52-year-old cartoonist Zunar with nine counts of sedition — a charge that could send him to jail for up to 43 years.

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