The Art Issue

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. 

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

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. 

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