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KarasudaJay
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05:28 PM on 09/27/2010
If I had known somebody would put a value of $260,000 on things I traced from news articles with myself drawn in there, I would have picked a different line of work.
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KCMarq09
06:15 PM on 09/27/2010
Exactly... everyone is missing the most important part - the paintings just look stupid/silly.
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Kevin Atlanta
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05:28 PM on 09/27/2010
Good for him.  What a series of statements and, sorry kids, it is art.
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morefreethings
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05:34 PM on 09/27/2010
according to liberals there is no standard for art.....

so everything I choose to call art=art
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JumpySnark
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05:46 PM on 09/27/2010
"Art is anything you can get away with." - Marshall McLuhan
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Linda Williams
06:13 PM on 09/27/2010
Now you're catching on. Walking is an art. Life is an art. It might help to find a tree. Get horizontal on the ground and stare at clouds. See how many shapes you can find. Start back like when you were a kid. It will broaden your thinking. Get the horse blinders off.
05:43 PM on 09/27/2010
Since he didnt do Bill Clinton and Muhammad
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seiedvard
Tea-Party 2008-2012: You will be missed
06:03 PM on 09/27/2010
He also didn't do Jesus Christ
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05:20 PM on 09/27/2010
just the tenseness of the depiction, there's so much going on here. To see someone decry this because "they ain't showed a picture of him shootin Obama" is just..well its ridiculous. Someday sir, the Lord will have mercy upon you and will help you get the point.
05:19 PM on 09/27/2010
Where's the link order signed prints?
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shantiquax
05:18 PM on 09/27/2010
It's really hard to be extreme nowadays. I mean, divas wear meat and iconic astronauts dance the cha-cha on television. What more can be done to shock? Pooping on stage has been done to death. Shoving McNuggets up one's vagina's been done. If I were a struggling young artist I'd probably make a 180 and paint big-eyed children and clown portraits. I'm sure that would get a rise out of somebody.
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BrutusHonestus
Don't Ask Me for the Answer You Want to Hear
05:18 PM on 09/27/2010
I applaud this artist 100% for his courage to display his artistic expressions, despite their provocative content.

But do you notice that he has no drawing of an assassination of mohamad?

Pope is OK, though?

However, I fully understand.

Artists are willing to risk criticism. It is part of the territory

But who wants to be named in a fatwa allowing their head to be cut off?

Tells you alot about the cultural disconnect between the East and the West, and how the intollerance of the East is having an impact in the West, from politics to artistic expression.
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SmileDocMiami
If you're against gay marriage, don't marry a gay.
05:36 PM on 09/27/2010
Why would he draw someone who is already dead???
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DamonIcke
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05:46 PM on 09/27/2010
I keep hearing that artists wuss out by not ever drawing Mohammed. It's because nobody knows what he looks like. The only reason, Jesus and other christian icons are mocked more often is because they have been traditionally depicted a certain way, for example jesus always has slightly reddish brown hair,a full beard and a glowing head. I assume when cartoonists draw Mohammed, they draw him as a random Arab with a towel on his head and a scraggly black beard. They probably need to make him wear a name tag to let the viewer know who it is.
05:59 PM on 09/27/2010
you have an extremely valid point there... i think it also bears mention that depicting Bush or Ratzinger or any of his other favorites may be controversial, but is not likely to get one shot... Depicting Mohammed, however, could result in dire consequences for the artist... Think Salman Rushdie, & that guy didn't even draw a picture... we call that radical arm of Islam "radical" for good reason...
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Linda Williams
06:15 PM on 09/27/2010
And people with cameras soon know to not takes pic of Amish people.
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05:16 PM on 09/27/2010
powerful work. really cerebral stuff here. definitely not something you'd want the kids to see, but is it art? most definitely.
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JerseyHooligan
Facts have a liberal bias
05:09 PM on 09/27/2010
spaz much?
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krayonc
Travel is fatal to prejudice & bigotry.
05:07 PM on 09/27/2010
Fear No Art
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zootalors
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05:57 PM on 09/27/2010
ack! agreed
KarasudaJay
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05:06 PM on 09/27/2010
I am pretty sure a lot of those pictures are basically traced. If you look at the picture of the Queen, it is great quality in the face and body and then one of President Bush has great quality in the face, but terrible quality on the suit. The technique is pretty bad and distracts from whatever message he is trying to make.
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gemzenith
05:25 PM on 09/27/2010
Traced?I shall assume you have a degree in Art?
KarasudaJay
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05:34 PM on 09/27/2010
It is just a casual observation on the technique. The quality between the subjects in each picture is obvious, some are really great drawing and others are terrible. Unless you can see some deep reason for the picture of the Queen to have so much attention to the dress and the picture of President Bush to have a suit that looks like a doodling done during math class, I can't see any other explanation.
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SPAIN62
“Solidarity is the tenderness of the people.”
05:31 PM on 09/27/2010
Traced? Anyone who calls drawings, “pictures” has no idea what he or she is talking about when it comes to art.
KarasudaJay
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05:48 PM on 09/27/2010
We can call them "pieces" or "works", but it won't change what they are. Good luck winning at life by playing semantics.
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KCM7
I vote one way. Anti-bigot.
05:04 PM on 09/27/2010
Subject matter aside. He is a talented artist, and this will definately make his work better known throughout the world.
05:01 PM on 09/27/2010
You know I'm not one who usually believes in censoring art but this is just in really bad taste. If you want to stand of the flag, throw feces at a canvas I say go for it but making light of assassination is terrible.
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Dan Stewart
05:33 PM on 09/27/2010
Who said he's "making light of it."  Looks like a serious treatment to me -- nothing funny about it, pretty grim.
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SmileDocMiami
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05:33 PM on 09/27/2010
There are plenty of people who agree with and who can relate to the artist's message. For those who don't agree with the message, for whatever reason, my advice would be to look away. Censorship is not the answer.
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morefreethings
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05:42 PM on 09/27/2010
you agree with the artist's message?

im sure you also call the tea party violent...its fine if you and the rest of the fringe dont see your hypocrisy, the remainder of america does.
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commonsense68130
What did you expect? Plant a potato, get a potato.
05:00 PM on 09/27/2010
Wow, this dude has some serious issues. Remember when people were up in arms because no one noticed when Jeffrey Dahmer was torturing kitties. Try to get one of these entered into your high school art contest and watch the psychoanalysis begin.
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MarcEdward
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04:31 PM on 09/27/2010
So exactly what is the problem?
My kids have  made violent and hostile "drawings" for years. 
I don't think much of the work (well executed but a rather obvious desperate cry for attention) but why would anybody care?
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KCMarq09
04:54 PM on 09/27/2010
Agreed, except for the fact that being displayed at The Sao Paulo Art Biennial is giving this type of self-aggrandizement attention.....that why the story is a story at all in the first place.

I do think its kind of silly that he drew himself as the killer in every single one, especially when he's just standing behind it. It just looks kind of absurd, and not creative at all - I'm just gonna draw myself with some boring pants and a tshirt pointing a gun at someone whose face I can trace out any magazine or newspaper.
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DamonIcke
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05:55 PM on 09/27/2010
The guys expressing himself. Why not make it him? I paint also and sometimes use myself as a reference in my illustrations. Though I wouldn't be surprised if the FBI and the secret Service aren't checking this guy out. Mike Muir, the Suicidal Tendencies singer, got a visit from the feds in the 80's for naming a song, "I Shot Reagan".