Provocation

First major exhibition devoted to Niki de Saint Phalle in twenty years opens in Paris

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PARIS.- Niki de Saint Phalle (1930 – 2002) is one of the most renowned artists from the mid-twentieth century. Throughout her prolific career, Saint Phalle created a complex body of work in various media which was deeply embedded with socio-political issues. With themes ranging from joyful to profound to intellectual, the paradoxal nature of her work has yet to be ... Read More »

Some Final Words on New Zealand’s Crazy Election Campaign

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The 2014 New Zealand election has been overrun by grubby scandals, mass surveillance accusations, hackers, bloggers, spies, political black ops, indigenous Maori radicals, and a larger-than-life German internet millionaire by the name of Kim Dotcom. New Zealand, with its population of just under 4.5 million, has never seen anything like it. Unsurprisingly these ructions are causing consternation among the political and media classes. The six year honeymoon ... Read More »

Nurse says she’s tired of treating ISIL terrorists

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A nurse who works at a private hospital in Mersin, a city and province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, has told Turkish authorities and Parliament that she is sick and tired of treating members of the terrorist organization the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which now calls itself the “Islamic State.” Comments The nurse, who was ... Read More »

Art judge declines to award Indigenous prize because quality ‘not good enough’

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‘There was absolutely nothing fresh or original,’ said Perpetua Durack Clancy, defending her decision The cash winnings for an Aboriginal art prize which the judge declined to award because she didn’t think the quality of entrants was good enough will be rolled over to next year, doubling to $2,000. The Shinju Matsuri board made the announcement after the controversy caused ... Read More »

Syria’s Cultural Artifacts Are Blood Diamonds for ISIS

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The destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage could have even more widespread ramifications than we realize, the Wall Street Journal reports. Christian C. Sahner takes a close look at the motivation behind the widely reported destruction of religious, historical, and cultural sites, arguing that “the nation’s heritage has been used as a weapon to finance bloodshed, to settle sectarian scores, and to erase ... Read More »

Golden Dawn visit dismays Australia’s Greek community

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Greek Australians vow to stop neo-fascist party from spreading hate as extremist group steps up efforts to tap diaspora for support A planned visit to Australia by members of the European parliament representing Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party has been met with embarrassment and dismay by leading members of the country’s Greek community. Days after the extremist group announced that ... Read More »

Jake Chapman: Taking children to galleries is a ‘waste of time’

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British artist Jake Chapman has said taking children to art galleries is a “total waste of time”. He told The Independent parents were “arrogant” for thinking their children could understand artists like Mark Rothko or Jackson Pollock. Standing a child in front of a Pollock work is “like saying… it’s as moronic as a child”, said Chapman, adding “children are not human ... Read More »

Pussy Riot pair sue Russia over imprisonment

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Two members of the feminist group, Pussy Riot, are suing the Russian government over their imprisonment for a protest in a Moscow cathedral. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova say their prosecutions amounted to torture. They have filed a case at the European Court of Human Rights against Russia, seeking compensation. The pair are demanding 120,000 euros (£95,000) each in damages, ... Read More »

Soldiers arrest Thailand’s ousted education minister Chaturon Chaisang

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Soldiers have dramatically arrested Thailand’s ousted education minister in front of dozens of cameramen and journalists. Chaturon Chaisang, who had refused to surrender on the order of the country’s coup-makers, had just finished holding a press conference at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand when armed soldiers burst into the room. Mr Chaturon was led away telling journalists he expected ... Read More »