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The Art Issue

The Art Issue

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September 2011 | 182 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Censorship is alive and well in the art world. Artistic expression is as vulnerable in democracies as it is in authoritarian regimes when it comes to sex, religion and the limits of tolerance. From international shows in the Gulf and the Far East to leading museums and galleries in the US and London, contemporary artists fall foul of local laws and sensibilities. Index on Censorship examines some of the most recent cases, talks to celebrated sculptor Anish Kapoor about taking a political stand and travels from Iran to China to see how artists are subverting the constraints on creative freedom.

Index on Censorship is an award-winning magazine, devoted to protecting and promoting free expression. International in outlook, outspoken in comment, Index on Censorship reports on free expression violations around the world, publishes banned writing and shines a light on vital free expression issues through original, challenging and intelligent commentary and analysis, publishing some of the world's finest writers.

Winner 2008 Amnesty International Consumer Magazine of the Year


Jo Glanville
Anish Kapoor
Speaking Out for Freedom: Art, Solidarity and Political Pressure
Simon Kirby
China's New Deal: Ai Weiwei's Arrest Marks a Sea Change for Artists in China
Malu Halasa
Picture This: 'Lollipope' by Parastou Forouhar
Philip Kennicott
Return of the Culture Wars: Censorship in the US Has Set Back the Debate
John Frohnmayer
Battle Grounds: Reflections on a Funding Fallout
Matthew Bown
Relics of Freedom: The Growth of the Art Market Pits Free Expression against Religion
Eugenio Merino
Picture This: 'Piss Christ' By Andrés Serrano
Yasmine El Rashidi
Art or Vandalism?: Street Art is Now a Symbol of Freedom in Cairo
Nick Sturdee
Russia's Robin Hood: Performance Art that Cocks a Snook to the Establishment
Indecent Exposure: Images that Shocked the Establishment 000
Langlands & Bell
Picture This: 'The House of Osama Bin Laden'
Shaheen Merali
Spaces of Freedom: Rozita Sharafjahan: A Pioneer on Iran's Art Scene
Martin Rowson
Jude Kelly
Fool for Art: In Defence of the Right to Artistic Expression
Kaya Genç
Sketches of Dissent: Challenging the Status Quo in Turkey
Peter Kennard
Picture This: 'To Be Inserted'
Mustapha Benfodil
Kingdom of the Blind: Trouble in Sharjah: The Play That Caused Offence at The Biennial
Index Index: A Round-Up of Art Censorship Stories

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ISBN: 9781446222478