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05.02.11 Marina Galperina

Every time Brooklyn artist Tom Otterness installs another public sculpture, someone brings up that he once adopted a pound dog just to shoot and kill it for a film. His next piece for the New York Public Library in Battery Park was commissioned for $750,000 by an anonymous donor. Cue cyclical uproar. […]

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04.25.11 Marina Galperina

This mysterious new artwork is a direct response to the most recent destruction of an Andres Seranno’s Piss Christ print in France, or, rather, to our collective profiteering from the controversy and “real human conflict.” Piss Christ gets smashed: The media gets attention, the fundamentalists mobilize supporters and Seranno gets even more famous. Enter The […]

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03.30.11 Marina Galperina

This is Fabienne Cherisma, a 15-year-old girl shot by police in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti for looting two plastic chairs and three framed pictures. Paul Hansen’s photo on the left recently won best International News Image at the Swedish Picture of the Year Awards. Nathan Weber’s photo on the right shows fourteen photographers […]

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03.15.11 Marina Galperina

Here’re some randy artworks from the “Pornucopia” excess and porn-themed art show at the Allegra LaViola Gallery. Randy! Yet, it was the relatively tame nude pizza-face and happily-nippled skipping girl in the window display that caused vocal protesting from the adjacent Orthodox community, three visits from the police in the past two weeks and Yeshiva […]

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01.14.11 Marina Galperina

German sculptor Marcel Walldorf’s Petra (2010) has the German law enforcers in a huff. Of course, the striking detail we’re all staring at is the riot baton propped against the wall over there. […]

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12.20.10 Bucky Turco

Whitewashing censorship controversy aside, Blu has been paid “directly” by Jeffrey Deitch and not by the museum. Still no word from the Wooster Collective, despite their promise! […]

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12.17.10 Marina Galperina

In a letter to famed graffiti photographer Henry Chalfant (below), Blu gives the most complete commentary on MOCA whitewashing his mural. Deitch never asked for a sketch. On the 6th day of painting Blu was just drawing the dollar bills when Deitch decided the mural was offensive. Blu stopped. Deitch asked for a different mural. […]

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11.01.10 Marina Galperina

Kids are so stupid they’ll do whatever their t-shirts tell them to do apparently, even if it means developing eating disorders… Or that’s what people imply when they say that this “I Heart Anorexia” shirt from illustrator and ex-fashion designer Alexsandro Palombo is promoting anorexia, even though Palombo has been clearly, albeit not too eloquently, […]

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10.28.10 Marina Galperina

Another royal whiner and descendant of King Louis XIV wants a court order to halt Takashi Murakami’s exhibit in the Palace of Versailles for sullying the “supreme good French taste” with “frankly grotesque” art bling. […]

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10.08.10 Marina Galperina

After smashing and tearing up alleged Jesus-porn art in Loveland, Colorado, Kathleen Folden is being charged with felony criminal mischief. The crusader bought a crowbar and traveled from Montana in a “My Savior is Tougher Than Nails” shirt just to cockblock Jesus. But did she do artist Enrique Chagoya a solid since Muhammad was in the mix? […]

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