Singer Usher Raymond caused quite a stir at Art Basel in Miami last night when he used a naked woman’s vagina as an iPhone charger. Granted, the naked woman, performance artist Lena Marquise, was part of an art exhibit, but still. It could be considered inappropriate for an engaged man to place his hands anywhere near a woman’s vagina — much less inside it.
The High Museum of Modern Art has rejected without explanation a painting of bordello singer Beyonce and her daughter Blue Ivy. Apparently Beyonce thinks she’s a modern masterpiece, and that her likeness and that of her child should hang in a museum for art lovers to enjoy.
An unknown artist who calls himself Saint Hoax is receiving death threats for his latest art project.
The project titled “War Drags You Out,” features a series of digital illustrations of world leaders in drag.
A gay artist from Russia has responded to the controversy surrounding Garage magazine’s photo of a white, female editor-in-chief sitting on a “black woman” chair. Editor-in-chief of Garage magazine, Dasha Zhukova, sparked outrage on social media when the photo was posted on Jan. 20, which was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Many accused Zhokova of being racially insensitive.
NY-based Russian artist and gay activist Alexander Kargaltsev responded to the controversy with his own image of a “chair” featuring a white man on his back with his legs in the air. Do not click the link if you are offended by nudity.
Buro 24/7 website editor-in-chief Miroslava Duma sparked outrage by publishing an interview with Garage magazine editor-in-chief Zhukova Dasha. A photo accompanying the interview shows Zhokova posing on a ‘black woman chair’. Zuma, who posted the image on her Instagram and Facebook pages, defended the photo as a work of art. But some are calling it ‘racist art’.
Sensitive art critics bristled at the fact that Zuma posted the image during the celebration of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.
Someone is ready to splash out serious cash for an “original hand painting” by unemployed nightwatchman George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is auctioning his painting on eBay.com to raise cash to pay off his mounting debts. With one day left in the auction, the bidding has reached $100,099.99. But a sharp-eyed New York mag writer says the waving image in Zimmerman’s painting was stolen from a popular Internet stock image.
NY Mag writer Joe Coscarelli wrote: “The patriotic work appears to be copied directly, if not ripped off completely, from a generic stock image.”
The homeless and their crude, handmade cardboard signs blend into the cityscape at most major intersections and highway off ramps. But a group of artists in Massachusetts wants to make sure the homeless signs stand out so motorists won’t look away.
“Signs For The Homeless” a project started by artists Christopher Hope and Kenji Nakayama of Massachusetts invited artists to give homeless signs a colorful makeover. The objective of the “Signs For The Homeless” project is to humanize the homeless and make them stand out against the urban backdrop that they have become a part of.
Rudolph West, 63, has been homeless for eight years. He told “Signs For The Homeless” he has trouble finding work due to his criminal record.