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Naked world leaders

2009-03-27 17:11:10.372705+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Portraits of a naked Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen have been showing up in various museums. YouTube video of a local news report has this gem about the unflattering picture of a fat Cowen holding his underwear, and another one of him sitting on the toilet:

"... the paintings of Brian Cowen, who's not thought to have posed for the anonymous artist"

And the artist has stepped forward:

A spokesman for the Garda (police) confirmed that the matter was under investigation but did not provide any further details, while local Irish media reported that it was unlikely 35-year-old Conor Casby would be charged.

Charged for what? Littering?

The "naked world leaders" trend seems to be in the air of late: Justine Lai paints pictures of herself having sex with presidents:

In Join Or Die, I paint myself having sex with the Presidents of the United States in chronological order. I am interested in humanizing and demythologizing the Presidents by addressing their public legacies and private lives. The presidency itself is a seemingly immortal and impenetrable institution; by inserting myself in its timeline, I attempt to locate something intimate and mortal. I use this intimacy to subvert authority, but it demands that I make myself vulnerable along with the Presidents. ...

(Via) Interesting idea, the paintings themselves don't really live up to the concept.

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-03-27 17:51:18.13344+00 by: topspin

I suppose I'm perverse, but I note Lincoln is holding the Union together.