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10.08.14 Marina Galperina

A cute Buenos Aires exhibit featuring Barbie dolls modified to resemble various religious figures, Catholic saints, and mythological characters has been cancelled, reports the AFP.  According to the gallery director, artists Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini “were threatened by Argentine Catholic groups that were going to come the day of the opening” and “everything has been suspended for security reasons.” Some Hindu leaders were […]

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01.10.13 Marina Galperina

Swedish artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff claims that in 1989, he collected ashes from the preserved ovens of a Majdanek Holocaust-era crematoriums. He kept them bottled until two years ago. Painted in said alleged ashes, Memory Works was exhibited in a gallery in Southern Sweden in December. The show was shut down after protests from Jewish community representatives who […]

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01.02.13 Marina Galperina

So, there’s a bit of fuss over semi-retired Italian prankster-artist Maurizio Cattelan’s HIM… again. The 2001 sculpture of Adolf Hitler was recently installed in a former Warsaw ghetto alley. It can only be viewed through a small peephole in a rotting gate, looking like a small praying boy. Poland’s chief rabbi Michael Schudrich approved the installation for […]

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09.28.12 Marina Galperina

“I would love to talk to Bill Donahue in person at the gallery and discuss our differences of opinion.” Consider that an official invitation, Mr. Donahue! Last night, ANIMAL talked to the artist at the Edward Tyler Gallery opening and then, headed to Times Square to ask people what they thought about Piss Christ. […]

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09.24.12 Marina Galperina

“As a Catholic, I find Piss Christ to be vulgar and offensive, just as many in the Islamic world found Innocence of Muslims to be highly offensive,” said Staten Island Representative Michael Grimm, comparing Andres Serrano’s nun-approved photograph to a fake film that causing dozens to die in the conflict-torn regions of Pakistan, Egypt and Libya. See it in Midtown this Thursday. […]

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09.21.12 Marina Galperina

Andres Serrano’s iconic photo of a crucifix pickling in a jar of piss is coming to Midtown’s Edward Tyler Nahem gallery and they’re ready. Security is being beefed up as we speak, lest the offended go on the offensive and smash it to shit again and protest in hundreds outside. However, that was France and we […]

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04.23.12 Marina Galperina

 Last week, a cake cutting in Sweden caused a firestorm of controversy. It’s difficult to explain why a room full of white people and the Minister of Culture cutting a “bloody” slice of a female-shaped cake’s “vagina” as an artist’s adjacent head violently screamed in blackface isn’t immediately racist. Speaking with Hyperallergic, Afro-Swedish artist Makode Linde reacts […]

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10.24.11 Marina Galperina

Construction plans for Guggenheim’s new fancy digs in the United Arab Emirates have been “temporarily” shelved, as the state-run Tourism Development and Investment Co. is “reviewing its strategy for handing out jobs to contractors.” Lest we forget, 130+ artists boycotted Gugg Abu Dhabi for allegedly swindling migrant construction workers into indentured servitude. […]

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06.17.11 Marina Galperina

Twenty-one year old artist Anna Sinkova has been in jail for almost three months for frying eggs on the “Eternal Flame” of a veteran monument in Kiev, Ukraine. She was denied bail today. […]

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05.20.11 Marina Galperina

The Lower East Side’s Orchard Windows Gallery has neighborhood parents very upset because their children are getting a gander at painted gang bangs on the way home from PS 42. Hampton artist Nick Weber defends his work, saying that kids are exposed “to much worse” these days, like “people getting shot on TV.” (NSFW) […]

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