Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cultural Security News (Mar. 18 - Mar. 24)

Censorship and Authenticity
Two reports in the past week pitted contemporary art against politics. The Financial Times reported that in Abu Dhabi at the Dubai Art Fair, "authorities ordered at least four pieces removed from display in advance of a visit by members of the emirate's ruling family." The New York Times reported that "the show, 'Ukrainian Body,' which opened Feb. 7 at the Visual Culture Research Center at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, aimed to explore corporality in contemporary Ukrainian society" and that after viewing the exhibition, the academy's president "locked" it in disgust. Forgeries also made news both bad and "good." The Art Newspaper reported that the Greek art market is "riddled with forgeries" and that "A legal case brought against Sotheby's by a major Greek collector could be the tip of the iceberg." In a court case of several years on the authenticity of the inscription "James son of Joseph brother of Jesus" on a Jewish burial box, the judge concluded that "the prosecution failed to prove beyond all reasonable doubt ... that the ossuary is a forgery."
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