OH YES HE DID: Pissed-Off Artist Adds Statue of Urinating Dog Next to ‘Fearless Girl’Posted: May 30, 2017 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Arturo Di Modica, Bill de Blasio, Charging Bull, International Women’s Day, Modica, New York City, Norman Siegel, State Street Global Advisors, Statue, Wall Street 1 Comment
Gee whiz, artists are so sensitive!
Nick Fugallo and Max Jaeger report: City sculptor Alex Gardega — seething over the “Fearless Girl” statue being placed across from Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” — has decided to retaliate with a work of his own.
Gardega created a statue of a small dog, titled “Pissing Pug,” and his sloppily crafted pooch takes direct aim at “Fearless Girl” — or, at least, at her left leg.
“This is corporate nonsense,” Gardega told The Post of “Fearless Girl,” saying it was put opposite artist Arturo Di Modica’s famed bull as a publicity stunt by a Boston-based financial firm.
“It has nothing to do with feminism, and it is disrespect to the artist that made the bull,” he said. “That bull had integrity.”
The Upper West Side artist sniffed that he even made his dog particularly poorly just to stick it to “Fearless Girl” even more.
“I decided to build this dog and make it crappy to downgrade the statue, exactly how the girl is a downgrade on the bull,” said Gardega, who has never met the other statues’ creators. Read the rest of this entry »
Bust of Reggae Recording Artist Winston Groovy Finally Returned to Oval OfficePosted: January 26, 2017 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Humor, The Butcher's Notebook, White House | Tags: Donald Trump, Erykah Badu, Geto Boys, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Lil Yachty, Oval Office, Prince (musician), Reggae, satire, Statue, Sun Ra, Winston Churchill, Winston Groovy Leave a comment
Winston Tucker (born 1946), better known as Winston Groovy, is a Jamaican reggae singer best known for his recordings between the late 1960s and 1980s.
Tucker was born in the Waltham Park Road area of Kingston, Jamaica in 1946. His first recording session was for producer and sound system operator King Edwards, which resulted in “She’s Mine”; It was never released but was played exclusively on Edwards’ sound system. Tucker relocated to Birmingham, England in 1961 to join his father. He joined The Ebonites while still at school and toured with the band. He moved to London in 1969 and began working with producer Laurel Aitken, adopting the stage name Winston Groovy.
He had minor hits with “Yellow Bird” and “Standing on the Corner” and had his first big hit with the Lee “Scratch” Perry-produced “I Wanna be Loved”. With Aitken, he recorded a reggae version of Rufus Thomas‘ “Funky Chicken”. Further 1970s singles included a cover version of Dr Hook‘s “Sylvia’s Mother”, “Oh My My“, “I’ve got a nose for Trouble”, and “Please Don’t Make Me Cry“, recorded in 1970 for Eddy Grant‘s Torpedo label.
He continued to record in the 1980s and his career was given a boost in 1983 when UB40 recorded a version of “Please Don’t Make Me Cry” for their Labour of Lovealbum, which was also a top 10 single for the band. This led Trojan Records to reissue the original. Groovy had a minor hit in 1985 with a reggae version of The Commodores‘ “Nightshift”, reaching number 83 in the UK.
In 1990, he set up the W.G. Records label, and released his self-produced albums Talking Love, Please Don’t Make Me Cry and Coming On Strong. Read the rest of this entry »
Churchill Bust Returns to Oval OfficePosted: January 20, 2017 Filed under: Breaking News, Diplomacy, History, Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: Bust, Churchill Bust, Donald Trump, Oval Office, Statue, Winston Churchill 1 Comment
[VIDEO] Obama Déjà Remplacé par Trump Chez Madame TussaudsPosted: January 19, 2017 Filed under: Art & Culture, Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: Christmas jumper, Donald Trump, Madame Tussauds, President of the United States, Prince Harry, Sculpture, Statue, Wax Figure, Wax sculpture Leave a comment
La statue de cire du 45e président des Etats-Unis a été dévoilée mercredi. Les artistes ont passé cinq mois sur sa figure.
Dans musée Madame Tussauds de Londres, Trump a déjà remplacé Obama dans le bureau ovale. À deux jours de sa prise de fonction, le musée a dévoilé sa nouvelle statue de président. Il est vêtu d’un costume bleu marine, une chemise blanche et une cravate rouge.
Des cheveux en poilsde yak
L’équipe du musée a passé cinq mois sur la figure du 45ème président des Etats-Unis. Ses cheveux, faits en poils de yak, ont donné du fil à retordre aux artistes. “Il a une sorte de bob”, explique David Gardner, principal sculpteur, “c’est long devant, et coiffé derrière”. Read the rest of this entry »
China: Shinzo Abe Statue with Hitler Mustache Removed by Shenyang Mall After Japanese Consulate ComplainsPosted: November 27, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Asia, China, Entertainment, Japan, Mediasphere, Politics, Russia | Tags: Barack Obama, Hitler, Hitler mustache, Japan, Kuril Islands dispute, President of the United States, RUSSIA, Shinzō Abe, Statue, Vladimir Putin, Wax Figure Leave a comment
The Abe wax figure was first unveiled last week along with likenesses of Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin.
Alex Linder writes: Unfortunately, customers visiting one Shenyang shopping mall will no longer be greeted by a bowing Shinzo Abe with a Hitler mustache after the mall received complaints from the Japanese consulate in the city.
The Abe wax figure was first unveiled last week along with likenesses of Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin. Behind the kowtowing Japanese Prime Minister were Chinese characters reading: “Commemorating the September 18th Incident.”
“Confusingly, the worker added that the Hitler mustache was added intentionally to ‘make sure it didn’t entirely resemble Abe,’ and that the backdrop had nothing to do with the statues, as they had just been placed there temporarily.”
In English, this is known as the Mukden or Manchurian Incident, when a staged explosion in Shenyang (then called Mukden) provided Japan with the pretext for its invasion of Manchuria in 1931. This year was the 85th anniversary of that incident, causing some “patriotic” Chinese companies to ban their employees from buying the new iPhone 7.
“The figures were all made by a craftsman from Dandong, Liaoning province, and displayed in order to ‘enrich the shopping experience of customers.'”
Those bans were largely ridiculed across China, as was this wax figure. Chinese netizens called the Abe-Hitler figure a “disgrace.” Read the rest of this entry »
Giosuè Argenti: ‘Modesty’Posted: December 29, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, History, Religion | Tags: Giosuè Argenti, Marble, Modesty, Museum, Photography, Sculpture, Statue 1 Comment
Suicide in The Fast Lane: European Civilization in Accelerated Decline, Politically Correct Universities ‘Are Killing Free Speech’Posted: December 19, 2015 Filed under: Censorship, Education, Mediasphere, Think Tank | Tags: Academia, Academic journal, Cecil Rhodes, Germaine Greer, King Edward Street, Norwich, Oriel College, Oxford, Rhodes, Statue, United Kingdom, University of East Anglia, University of Oxford Leave a comment
British universities have become too politically correct and are stifling free speech by banning anything that causes the least offence to anyone, academics argue.
Javier Espinoza writes: A whole generation of students is being denied the “intellectual challenge of debating conflicting views” because self-censorship is turning campuses into over-sanitised “safe spaces”, they say.
“A generation of students is being denied the opportunity to test their opinions against the views of those they don’t agree with.”
Oriel College says the statue of Rhodes, on a building he paid for, jars with the values of a modern university. It is facing a battle with Historic England, which has listed the statue as an object of historical interest.
Writing in The Telegraph, the academics, led by Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at the University of Canterbury, and Joanna Williams, education editor, Spiked, say it is part of a “long and growing” list of people and objects banned from British campuses, including pop songs, sombreros and atheists.
“Students who are offended by opposing views are perhaps not yet ready to be at university.”
They say the “deeply worrying development” is curtailing freedom of speech “like never before” because few things are safe from student censors.
Because universities increasingly see fee-paying students as customers, they do not dare to stand up to the “small but vocal minority” of student activists who want to ban everything from the Sun newspaper to the historian David Starkey.
“In September, the University of East Anglia banned students from wearing free sombreros they were given by a local Tex-Mex restaurant because the student union decided non-Mexicans wearing the wide-brimmed hats could be interpreted as racist.”
The letter says: “Few academics challenge censorship that emerges from students. It is important that more do, because a culture that restricts the free exchange of ideas encourages self-censorship and leaves people afraid to express their views in case they may be misinterpreted. This risks destroying the very fabric of democracy.
“An open and democratic society requires people to have the courage to argue against ideas they disagree with or even find offensive. At the moment there is a real risk that students are not given opportunities to engage in such debate.
[Read the full story here, at the Telegraph]
“A generation of students is being denied the opportunity to test their opinions against the views of those they don’t agree with.”
Calling on vice-chancellors to take a “much stronger stance” against all forms of censorship, they conclude that “students who are offended by opposing views are perhaps not yet ready to be at university”.
Professors have complained recently that they are being bullied online by students who are easily offended by opposing views.
In recent months, students at British universities have banned, cancelled or challenged a host of speakers and objects because some found them offensive. Maryam Namazie, a prominent human rights campaigner who is one of the signatories to the letter, was initially banned from speaking at Warwick University because she is an atheist who, it was feared, could incite hatred on campus. She spoke at Warwick in the end. Read the rest of this entry »
People Think This New Queen Elizabeth Statue Looks Like Tom HanksPosted: November 2, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: England, Hollywood, Queen Elizabeth, Royalty, Statue, Tom Hanks Leave a comment
[PHOTO] Berlin, 1962Posted: January 20, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, History, War Room | Tags: Berlin, Berlin Wall, Cold War, Communism, Germany, Lenin, Marx, Marxism, Photography, Sculpture, Stalinism, Statue, Tyranny, WW2 1 Comment
Polish Town Erects Statue of Peeing LeninPosted: June 12, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Humor, Mediasphere, Russia | Tags: History, Lenin, Poland, RUSSIA, Soviet Union, Statue, Ukraine, Vladimir Lenin 2 Comments
Polish town erects statue of a urinating Lenin http://t.co/bWdTdIAuY2 #Poland pic.twitter.com/CM2QVZhIW9
— Ian Geldard (@igeldard) June 12, 2014
Student Breaks 19th Century Greco-Roman Statue While Taking a SelfiePosted: March 18, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Mediasphere | Tags: Ancient Greek sculpture, Antonio Canova, Brera Academy, Hellenistic period, Italy, Milan, Selfie, Statue 1 Comment
There are a few basic rules in museums. The first: don’t touch the art. The second: don’t take selfies while touching the art.
At a museum in Milan, Italy, a student reportedly broke that second rule: he climbed on a statue dating back to the early 19th century to take a selfie and caused the statue’s left leg to fall off.
[Original statue, Hi-Res Image]
The discovery was made on Tuesday morning by the staff of the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, one of Italy’s most renowned academic institutions, and it was apparently also recorded by security cameras.
[Source, in Italian: Brera: studente si fa un «selfie»
sulla statua e ne spacca una gamba]
The statue depicts the “Drunken Satyr,” an ancient Greek sculpture of the Hellenistic era showing a human-like figure with animal features drunkenly sleeping. Fortunately, the statue is a copy located in the academy’s hallway leading to a room full of more valuable works of the most famous sculptors of the era, including Antonio Canova, Italian newspapers reported. Read the rest of this entry »
Wax Statue of Vladimir Putin Mysteriously Appears in Lobby at Madame Tussauds in LondonPosted: March 16, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Humor | Tags: Fiction, Humor, London, Madame Tussaud, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, RUSSIA, satire, Statue, Vladimir Putin, Wax sculpture 2 Comments
Security guards at Madame Tussauds in London discovered a life-sized wax statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the lobby of the museum late Sunday night, with no identifying tags or documents associated with it. London police were called at 2:00 a.m. Sunday night, when the guards first discovered it.
“We don’t know where it came from. We didn’t commission it, or ask for it, and we don’t understand how it got in our lobby. We’re obviously very concerned.”
— Oliver MacGuffin, Tussauds spokesman
Curators and experts have been called in to examine the statue, in an effort to determine its origins, but have so far yielded no clues as to the source of the statue.
“It’s very lifelike. I was startled, when I saw it. I felt like it was looking at me…”
— A janitor at Tussauds
No immediate sign of a break-in were found, but a spokesman for Madame Tussauds cautioned that the investigation is still underway, and security measures are under review.
“…At first I assumed it was in the collection and was temporarily placed in the lobby, or had been moved for cleaning, but then realized, we don’t have a statue of Putin.”
–A Tussauds security guard
A Tussauds spokesman offered assurances that the museum will be open, as usual, but that the unidentified statue would not be on display to the public, citing security concerns.
Wellesley College ‘Underwear Man’ Identified: Joe BidenPosted: February 5, 2014 Filed under: Education, Humor | Tags: Art exhibition, Campus, Curator, Joe Biden, Sculpture, Statue, Student, Wellesley College Leave a comment
Uh-oh…Biden’s confused and has wandered off again. pic.twitter.com/8E7g1H5WWa
— Matt (@Matthops82) February 5, 2014
[See Realistic Statue of Man in his Underwear at Wellesley College Sparks Controversy]
Realistic Statue of Man in his Underwear at Wellesley College Sparks ControversyPosted: February 5, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Education | Tags: Art exhibition, Curator, Lauren Walsh, Sculpture, Statue, Student, Tony Matelli, Wellesley College 3 Comments
Jaclyn Reiss writes: A realistic-looking statue of a man sleepwalking in his underwear near the center of Wellesley College has created a stir among the women on campus, especially as more than 100 students at the all-women’s college signed a petition asking administrators to remove it.
The statue, called Sleepwalker, is part of an art exhibit featuring sculptor Tony Matelli at the college’s Davis Museum. The exhibit, New Gravity, features sculptures that are often reversed, upended or atomized.
However, the statue of the sleepwalker — which is hard to miss in a high-traffic area by both pedestrians and drivers near the campus center — has caused outrage among some students in just one day after its Feb. 3 installation. Zoe Magid, a Wellesley College junior majoring in political science, started a petition on Change.org with other students asking college president H. Kim Bottomly to have the statue removed. Read the rest of this entry »