Equatorial Guinea: Artist Freed from Prison

An Equatorial Guinean court on March 7, 2018 released an artist imprisoned on dubious charges for nearly six months, 18 human rights groups said today. The prosecution dropped all charges against Ramón Esono Ebalé, a cartoonist whose work is often critical of the government, at…

Equatorial Guinea: Trial Set for Imprisoned Artist

(Nairobi, February 26, 2018) – The trial of an artist on dubious counterfeiting charges, apparently brought in retaliation for drawing cartoons critical of the government, will be a test both of the independence of the judiciary and of free speech in Equatorial Guinea, eight rights…

Grammys president: Women need to ‘step up’ after men sweep this year’s awards

CLOSE Artist wear white roses to Grammy Awards to fight sexual harassment. Josmar Taveras Lorde was one of many female artists who walked home empty-handed after Sunday’s Grammy Awards.(Photo: Dia Dipasupil, Getty Images) #GrammysSoMale?  That’s the hashtag brewing after Sunday’s Grammy Awards, where only one…

Czech artist’s exhibition censored in Slovakia

ČTK | 22 January 2018 Piestany, West Slovakia, Jan 20 (CTK) – The exhibition of Czech artist Jiri Naceradsky was ended prematurely because the paintings outraged the new director of the gallery who had some of them, depicting naked bodies, moved outside the main room,…

Art and the Every Day with Mike Winkelmann (AKA beeple) – Creative Commons

Beeple, AKA Mike Winkelmann, is a graphic designer, artist, and videographer whose popular video art and design work has largely been released free under CC. Every day for the past 10 years, Winkelmann has released a drawing online through his series of “Everydays,” which is…

Nude paintings censored in a St. Claude Ave. sandwich shop?

A New Orleans artist believes that removing his erotic paintings from a St. Claude Avenue sandwich shop represents creeping conservative censorship. Here’s how it all went down. Marcela Singleton selects local artwork to decorate the Kebab Restaurant in the Marigny. Well actually, she doesn’t select…