Saturday, October 13, 2007
Yesterday Britain's The Guardian reported that Russia's culture minister, Alexander Sokolov, announced that he is banning a photograph titled "Kissing Policemen (An Epoch of Clemency)" and sixteen other works from an exhibition of contemporary Russian art due to be exhibited in Paris next week. He called the work a political provocation which will bring shame on Russia.
Artists Alexander Shaburov and Viacheslav Mizin (who work together as Blue Noses) said that the image "had nothing to do with gay people. It is an absurdist fantasy about what might happen if everyone showed mercy and tenderness to each other. Given the fact the state has banned it, we haven't quite reached this point yet."
"We were inspired by Banksy's iconic image of two constables kissing. We wanted to do the same but in Russia," Shaburov said. "
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reportedly spent two million dollars on work by Banksy at an auction held at the Lazarides Gallery in Soho Thursday night.
Above: Diane Borsato's 12 hour performance work HOW TO RESPOND IN AN EMERGENCY for Nuit Blanche 2006.