Sue Coe, one of the most committed activist artists in America, has during her thirty-five-year career charted an idiosyncratic course through an environment that is at best ambivalent toward art with overt socio-political content.
posted by Trurl
on Sep 1, 2011 -
is a fascinating site about the history of vandalism in the fine arts, recently revived by a Frenchwoman who left a lipstick imprint
on a 2 million dollar painting by Cy Twombly
. Other examples include a British suffragist attacking a Velazquez with a knife
, an installation vandalized by the Israeli ambassador to Sweden
, two Chinese performance artists who urinated into Marcel Duchamp's Fountain
, and a Canadian art student who vomited blue gelatin on a Mondrian
. Oddly enough, the artwork that has weathered the most attacks is Rembrandt's The Night Watch
, which has survived two knife attacks (one by an unemployed teacher with a butter knife) and an attack by a mental patient who had a compulsion to fling sulfuric acid at fine artworks. Other art vandalism methods, including glass cutters, hammers, scissors, guns, and ink, are discussed here
posted by jonp72
on Jul 26, 2007 -
Israeli ambassador to Sweeden vandalises artwork.
This is front page stuff in my part of the world and I truly hope, but doubt, that he will find himself out of work tomorrow. The question is: what was he thinking? Was it intentional? Could he have chosen to interpret the upsetting work of art in another less disturbing way?
posted by FidelDonson
on Jan 17, 2004 -
How to make a protest sign
This past weekend thousands of Americans took to the street to protest or support the war - many with protest posters. Making a protest poster isn't that difficult but the web makes it even easier with sites on the web that offer protest posters for every angle on the issue. Another Poster for Peace
has a collection of posters from some of the top names in graphic design available royality free. Insta-protest
offers a collection of 80 posters printable on your laser or inkjet printer from their Flash interface. Mike Flugennock
has cartoon posters critical of the war and a number of other topics. The Propaganda Remix Project
has been mentioned here before for their WWII remixed posters. Finally Anti-War offers a gallery of posters
in color and black and white.
For those of us who are supporting the President in this war you might want to print out one of these
. There's got to be others in support of the war - but where are they?
Designing protest posters can also be part of your high school history class with this Art as Political Protest lesson plan
. So, what sign are you?
posted by DragonBoy
on Mar 24, 2003 -