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brianvds (May 23, 2012, 20:04:30 PM):
And the plot thickens further:

http://www.thenewage.co.za/51483-1007-53-The_Shield_New_painting_emerges

"A painting titled "The Shield" showing DA leader Helen Zille, Koos de la Rey, fallen rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche and Jonathan Shapiro (cartoonist) naked with their arms in the air has emerged."

Of course, they are hoping to also become martyrs for free expression. Hopefully Zille et all will laugh it off and strongly affirm their right to freedom of expression, after which the Goodman Gallery will exhibit the painting without some rightwing goon defacing it.

Gotta say, it's a pretty amateurish piece of work. Looking at both this painting and Brett Murray's original "spear" one, I can't help wishing that artists would spend less time making statements and more time learning to frickin' draw and paint...

Faerie (May 24, 2012, 07:49:14 AM):
Zille already yesterday complimented a photoshopped naked pic of her doing the rounds, saying it depicts her as slimmer than she actually is. Zapiro will most likely have a good old hearty chuckle and take the piss out of it (I note he's been blessed with a showerhead on the new painting). ET is as dead as a doornail and Koos is most likely sneezing up dust in whatever is left of his coffin.

I understand a naked march is being planned for today - although I missed whether it is for or against freedom from censorship.
brianvds (May 24, 2012, 08:40:46 AM):
Zille already yesterday complimented a photoshopped naked pic of her doing the rounds, saying it depicts her as slimmer than she actually is. Zapiro will most likely have a good old hearty chuckle and take the piss out of it (I note he's been blessed with a showerhead on the new painting). ET is as dead as a doornail and Koos is most likely sneezing up dust in whatever is left of his coffin.

I understand a naked march is being planned for today - although I missed whether it is for or against freedom from censorship.

We'll have to see whether the rightwingers will refrain from complaining about Terre'Blanche and De la Rey in the painting. And I very much hope that the owner of the Goodman Gallery (also depicted in it) will offer to give it exhibition space, and this time arrange for security guards who will shoot any vandals on the spot - I remain pretty astonished that the vandals got as far as they did without any interference from the supposed security personnel. The vandals apparently used oil-based paint, which may be difficult to clean off, depending on how quickly it dries. Hopefully the painting can be restored to its former glory. It is painted in acrylic, which is quite washable.

Well, today is the day of the big court case. Just in case the ANC wins, I made a point of visiting the website of the Goodman gallery - they have good, fairly high resolution scans of the exhibit up there, and I downloaded all the more controversial images. If the court decides in favour of the ANC, I will personally spread those pictures far and wide. Let's see if the ANC can shut down the internet too.

The irony is that from an aesthetic point of view, the art doesn't appeal to me at all, and without the ANC's big brouhaha over it I wouldn't have looked at those pictures twice, and would have merely shaken my head at the price buyers were willing to pay for them even before the public controversy. However, freedom of expression does appeal to me, big time. So I'll do my bit for it, and I hope others here will too.

st0nes (May 24, 2012, 11:59:04 AM):
Zille already yesterday complimented a photoshopped naked pic of her doing the rounds, saying it depicts her as slimmer than she actually is. Zapiro will most likely have a good old hearty chuckle and take the piss out of it (I note he's been blessed with a showerhead on the new painting). ET is as dead as a doornail and Koos is most likely sneezing up dust in whatever is left of his coffin.

I understand a naked march is being planned for today - although I missed whether it is for or against freedom from censorship.


We'll have to see whether the rightwingers will refrain from complaining about Terre'Blanche and De la Rey in the painting. And I very much hope that the owner of the Goodman Gallery (also depicted in it) will offer to give it exhibition space, and this time arrange for security guards who will shoot any vandals on the spot - I remain pretty astonished that the vandals got as far as they did without any interference from the supposed security personnel. The vandals apparently used oil-based paint, which may be difficult to clean off, depending on how quickly it dries. Hopefully the painting can be restored to its former glory. It is painted in acrylic, which is quite washable.

Well, today is the day of the big court case. Just in case the ANC wins, I made a point of visiting the website of the Goodman gallery - they have good, fairly high resolution scans of the exhibit up there, and I downloaded all the more controversial images. If the court decides in favour of the ANC, I will personally spread those pictures far and wide. Let's see if the ANC can shut down the internet too.

The irony is that from an aesthetic point of view, the art doesn't appeal to me at all, and without the ANC's big brouhaha over it I wouldn't have looked at those pictures twice, and would have merely shaken my head at the price buyers were willing to pay for them even before the public controversy. However, freedom of expression does appeal to me, big time. So I'll do my bit for it, and I hope others here will too.



Done.
Faerie (May 24, 2012, 13:51:53 PM):
sheeeshhhh....

Quote
Claassen had earlier asked him if the ANC would still be making a submission to court if FW de Klerk’s face was used in the painting.

Malindi began speaking about the country’s transition from apartheid to a democracy and apparently became rather emotional, put his hands to his chest and started sobbing.

The lawyer was said to be so emotional that even opposing counsel comforted him.

Malindi’s junior advocate might take over from him.



I'm certain the junior advocate is going to jump at the chance to become a "senior" advocate... some prospects for the man.

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Heated-exchange-preceeded-advocates-tears-20120524

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