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Saturday, March 12, 2005
  ' If That's Censorship, Then So Be It.: Nix Nudes. No Nonrep, Neither sez Councilwoman

Laguna's City Hall Art Search: No Nudes Is Good Nudes, Some Believe
Laguna Beach has a long history as an art colony, but if Councilwoman Cheryl Kinsman has her way, all sculpture in front of City Hall will have to be clothed or be gone. "If that's censorship, then so be it," said the self-appointed arbiter of morality, taste and, apparently, constitutional law. Her preference is clear: "I want something classy there," proclaimed the graduate of all-girl Scripps college. She is concerned not simply for the children, but for the reputation of the city. Referring to an abstract sculpture that had previously been commissioned by the city, she explained " "We already, in my opinion, made one mistake. Everybody made a mockery of [the fountain]. It was a joke." 
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
  Artist Sentenced to Jail for Mural

City officials in Roseville MI say Edward Stross' mural violates
a city ordinance and a judge has sentenced him to 30 days in jail
and ordered him to pay a fine and cover up the breasts and the
word "love" on the mural.. The mural is a take on Michelangelo's
"Creation of Man" and depicts a bare-breasted Eve.

The word "love" is as much a problem as the figure, who
apparently has maxxed out her credit card to the extent that she
not even afford to shop at the Ross in Eden. Roseville officials
say the word violates a variance that was granted to Stross in
1997 so he could paint the mural. The variance stated there could
be no lettering or nudity on the fresco, officials said.

http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3004154


http://www.detnews.com/2005/metro/0502/27/D01-101253.htm

http://www.macombdaily.com/stories/022205/loc_gonzo001.shtml
 
  Auction of work by major artists to benefit CAE Defense Fund

ART WORLD RALLIES TO SUPPORT INDICTED ARTIST STEVEN KURTZ
Auction of work by major artists to benefit CAE Defense Fund

An April 17 auction to benefit the Critical Art Ensemble Defense Fund
has attracted donations from some of the biggest names in the
contemporary art world, including Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman,
Alexis Rockman, RubŽn Ortiz Torres, Hans Haacke, Kiki Smith, Chris
Burden, and a great many others.

Organizers of the auction at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York expect
to raise at least a six-figure sum to help Steven Kurtz and Robert
Ferrell defend themselves against politically-motivated federal
charges of "mail fraud" and "wire fraud." If convicted, Kurtz, a
founding member of the Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) and Professor of
Art at the University of Buffalo, and Ferrell, a Professor of Human
Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, could face up to 20 years
in prison. (See http://caedefensefund.org for full details.)

The cost of the May 2004 raid on Kurtz's home, and his subsequent
prosecution, is in the millions of public dollars, according to
independent estimates. The federal authorities now admit that Kurtz
and Ferrell, who have collaborated on widely shown artworks about
biotechnology, have never posed any danger to public health - yet
they continue to waste vast sums of public money prosecuting the
case. Meanwhile, the bills for Kurtz and Ferrell's defense keep
growing as well.

Since June 2004 there have been numerous public events to support the
CAE Defense Fund in the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Latin America and
Australia. These efforts, as well as numerous individual
contributions, have met the mounting defense costs thus far. But as
the case moves to trial, Kurtz and Ferrell's expenses are expected to
increase dramatically, and more fundraisers and donations will be
needed.

The April 17 auction organizers hope the auction will serve as a spur
for people worldwide to organize new benefit events and to contribute
to the fund. Please visit http://caedefensefund.org/ for details on
how you can help publicize the auction, organize your own event,
donate, or otherwise help support Kurtz and Ferrell in this
exceedingly important case.


Auction details: Sunday, April 17, 2005 (2:00-5:00 PM viewing, 5:00-7:00 PM
auction), at the Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 West 21st Street, New York

Artists who have donated work for the auction: Acconci Studio, Dennis
Adams, The Atlas Group, Nayland Blake, Mel Bochner, Chris Burden,
Paul Chan, Jeremy Deller, Mark Dion, Sam Durant, Tony Feher, Andrea
Fraser, Joseph Grigely, Hans Haacke, Ann Hamilton, Rachel Harrison,
Mike Kelley, William Pope L., Louise Lawler, Zoe Leonard, Sol LeWitt,
Glenn Ligon, Sharon Lockhart, Allan McCollum, Julie Mehretu, Donald
Moffett, Dave Muller, Vic Muniz, Yoshitomo Nara, Cathy Opie, RubŽn
Ortiz Torres, Laura Owens, David Reed, Alexis Rockman, Martha Rosler,
Christy Rupp, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Amy Sillman, Lorna
Simpson, Kiki Smith, Janaina Tschape and many more.

The Benefit is sponsored by the National Association of Artists'
Organizations (NAAO) and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
(Buffalo), and is supported by galleries across the US.

Please visit http://caedefensefund.org/ for more information. 
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