French criminologist Alphonse Bertillon believed each person’s physical measurements were as distinct as their fingerprints, and devised the first modern mug shots as part of his classification system in the 19th century.
On Tuesday, the 27-year-old street artist Antonio Ramos was murdered while painting a mural that was meant to brighten the run-down streets of northwestern Oakland, which has one of the highest violent crime rates in the United States.
Art may calm disturbed minds, but Richard Matt’s knack for drawing didn’t keep him from snapping his 72-year-old boss’s neck in 1997.
It was intended as a provocative video performance. Late last year, Joseph Gibbons walked into banks in New York and Rhode Island and videotaped himself robbing them.
After two years of postponements, the trial of artist Zwelethu Mthethwa finally got underway last week in Cape Town. Mthethwa pleaded not guilty to the murder of a woman named Nokuphila Kumalo.
From contorted corpses splayed on the sidewalk to errant streetcars lodged in storefronts, the New York Police Department has photographed crime scenes almost since the technology was available.
In the gritty, sleepless streets of mid-century New York, Weegee photographed the cars crumpled like accordions, bodies dripping blood encircled by gawkers, and night cops hunched over the latest crime scene.
Last month, students in the Forensic Sculpture Workshop at the New York Academy of Art (NYAA) made faces for 11 anonymous skulls belonging to unidentified victims of crimes.
Last spring South African artist Zwelethu Mthethwa was charged with the murder of a 23-year-old woman named Nokuphila Kumalo. Following Mthethwa’s May arrest and subsequent release on bail, the case was remanded twice. The artist is now scheduled to appear in court again at the end of this month.
Prominent South African artist Zwelethu Mthethwa has been accused of murdering a woman in a suburb of Cape Town and will go on trial starting on Monday. He denies the charge.
Art museums are known to show and uphold some artists whose work continually incites controversy, among them Robert Mapplethorpe and Chris Ofili. But when does art become too controversial for a museum to openly support or display it? The artist Graham Ovenden, who became famous in the U.K. in the 1970s for his prints and photographs, has had his work removed from the Tate’s website and print and drawing department following his conviction for six charges of indecency with a child and one of indecent assault.
It makes sense that police, parents, teachers, and pretty much everyone would be extra vigilant after the horrific elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. But in Galloway Township, New Jersey, a high school student was arrested after simply doodling pictures of weapons in his notebook.