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Offsite Article: British Council accused of censorship over Bahamas exhibition...


Link Here 2nd July 2018
Art, politics, slavery and Windrush prove a heady mix for diplomats

See article from theguardian.com

 

Plover lover...

Sketch ruffles a few feathers in Singapore


Link Here 12th June 2018
Esplanade in Singapore has censored a drawing by artist Vincent Leow after concerns about bestiality'

A moralist group named Singaporeans Defending Marriage and Family flagged the painting in a Facebook post, accusing the Esplanade of promoting bestiality and expressing concerns that the artwork could likely be seen by children during the school holidays.

Ms Yvonne Tham, Esplanade chief executive-designate, said that after discussing with Mr Leow:

We have agreed to not continue displaying the drawing, given that the public space at Esplanade's Community Wall does not allow opportunity for an advisory and is visited by a wide range of visitors, including families.

We wish to assure the public that in presenting the exhibition, we had no intent to promote or advocate for any stance. As is often the case with art, viewers are free to draw their own interpretations of a drawing that is not a realistic rendering.

In this case, in view of the strong feedback we have received from some members of the public, the Community Wall may not be the most appropriate space to present this drawing, as it is a public thoroughfare with no opportunity for an advisory. This is solely Esplanade's error of judgement.

 

If history offends thee, rip it out...

Russian disagrees with history as depicted in a 1886 painting and so takes a knife to it


Link Here 29th May 2018
A Russian gallery is considering removing a notable painting from display after it was vandalised by someone who took issue with the artist's take on a historical event.
 
  
 'Alexander III receiving rural district elders in the yard of Petrovsky Palace in Moscow (1886)' by Illya Repin
 

Ilya Repin's 1986 portrayal of a highly contested historical scene depicts Tsar Ivan IV Vasilyevich allegedly getting into a fight with his son. As the tale goes, the Tsar's son died during the course of the alleged confrontation.

Many have questioned the historical veracity of this tale and even one of Repin's biggest supporters, Tsar Alexander III loathed the painting because of its apparent vulgar distortion of Russian history.

Last week, a homeless man called Igor Podporin visited the Tretyakov Gallery where the painting is displayed. According to an interview he gave to police, he looked at the painting before going to the gallery's canteen where he then drank copious amounts of alcohol before returning to the painting and striking it. The attack has caused severe damage to the painting and its frame

This was not the first time the work was vandalised. In 1913, a gallery visitor slashed the painting with a knife while shouting no more blood. The incident led to the gallery's' curator committing suicide while the still living Repin was asked to help restore his work.

A commentator from eurasiafuture.com called for the painting to be removed from public view saying:

With Russian history being insultingly distorted by racist regimes and bigoted media outlets throughout the world, the least a Russian gallery could do is not add fuel to this racially insensitive fire. .

Not a bad wind-up value for for a 19th century painting.

 

Offsite Article: Censorship trying to hide itself behind a fig leaf...


Link Here 16th May 2018
Instagram deletes photographer Dragana Jurisic's account and Facebook censors her work

See article from theartnewspaper.com

 

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