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05.04.15 Liam Mathews

The bust of Edward Snowden in Fort Greene Park seems to have inspired a trend: artists and activists erected statues of Snowden, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz Square on Friday as part of May Day celebrations, Newsweek reports. The sculptures were created by Italian sculptor Davide Dormino […]

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04.29.15 Liam Mathews

The MTA board of directors voted 9-2 on Wednesday in favor of a resolution banning all political advertising on MTA property, NBC New York reports. The ban comes largely in response to Texas-based anti-Muslim crusader Pamela Geller’s hateful posters on public transportation. This decision from the MTA renders U.S. District Court Judge John Koeltl’s decision […]

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01.15.15 KLOPS

KLOPS is a prolific graffiti artist in New York City who not only writes his name, but also draws characters. He makes legal art, too: Every week, be on the lookout for an original KLOPS comic with the artist’s take on current events. […]

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01.07.15 Prachi Gupta

Cartoonists are banding together in response to a horrific terrorist attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people, wounded seven, and left several others in critical condition on Wednesday morning. In the choas, the gunmen were reportedly shouting, “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad” and “Allahu Akbar,” (“God is Great” in Arabic). […]

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08.09.13 Andy Cush

Arne Svenson, the NYC artist who recently came under fire for taking and exhibiting photographs of his neighbors in their homes, has won his legal battle in the Manhattan Supreme Court. Svensons photos were art, ruled Justice Eileen Rakower, and art is free speech protected under the first amendment. “While it makes the [plaintiffs] cringe to […]

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07.01.13 Kyle Petreycik

An Atheist monument was recently unveiled nearby the monument of the Ten Commandments sitting in front of the Bradford County Courthouse in Florida. The monument itself the form of a 1,500 pound granite bench, complete with quotes from Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the founder of American Atheists. It may appear to be an agressive […]

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05.25.12 Jay Smooth

New York legislators are trying to effectively outlaw all anonymous comments online. This is a bad idea for a bunch of reasons. Ill Doctrine is a video blog on music, politics and culture, launched in 2007 by Jay Smooth. We will be premiering two episodes a week on ANIMAL. Older episodes can be found at […]

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09.19.11 Bucky Turco

SABER, a California-based graffiti artist, dispatched skywriting planes over Downtown Los Angeles earlier today to challenge the city’s controversial moratorium on murals. New laws that were meant to curb the proliferation of advertisements and signage, have instead been used by officials to basically make it illegal for artists to paint large scale works, specifically if […]

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08.30.11 Bucky Turco

As we reported earlier, artist Andy Golub returned to Times Square this afternoon since the NYPD buzz killed his last public exhibition, and proceeded to paint another model. […]

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06.22.10 Marina Galperina

A Russian ultra-nationalist group often cited for inciting racial hatred – against Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code – is trying to have the code overturned. And so, they filed the same complaint against Moscow artist Lena Hades for supposedly inciting hatred against Russians with her artwork (which she isn’t). A court ruling may […]

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