Bare-breasted Venus on MIA's Titian billboard graffiti-bombed with bra

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Resnicow Schroeder
Venus had whatever the opposite of a wardrobe malfunction is.
Apparently a kind, neighborhood graffiti artist felt sorry for poor Venus as he went past a billboard for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Titian exhibit. Perhaps he thought that the bare-breasted goddess, from the 16th-century work Venus Rising from the Sea, looked mighty cold up there with a foot of snow raining down.

So, he did what any gentleman vandal would do: Help a lady out.

The local art world has been abuzz with the arrival of the Titians--it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to view paintings that are normally housed in the National Gallery of Scotland. The exhibit, including the highly anticipated Diana and Actaeon, Diana and Callisto, and Venus Rising from the Sea, opened on February 6.

Naturally, the museum was hoping to drum up some excitement with its Venus billboard, in which the goddess is shown in the buff, drying her hair:

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Before.

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Then, a marketing employee noticed that something was a little off with the Venus on the corner of Highway 12 and Long Lake Street. She snapped this photo:

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And after.

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Ahas
Ahas

nice post! thanks for sharing!

advinjhonsean
advinjhonsean

It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see paintings that are normally housed at the National Gallery of Scotland. The exhibition, the highly anticipated Diana and Actaeon and Callisto Venus rising from the sea.

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Dave
Dave

It's not censorship, it's vandalism. Funny vandalism. Censorship is when a government restricts freedom of expression.

God
God

HOW DARE YOU TAKE DOWN god's COMMENT!

NickPR
NickPR

Hahah! The one with the brrr is right down the road from my house. What a laugh! I saw a picture from half a mile from my house on Digg!

NickPR
NickPR

This Billboard is also about 22 miles away from the MIA in Long Lake.

Dave
Dave

Got to admit, that's kinda funny. Bit annoying though, I was gonna go to that exhibit in a couple of weeks when I had time off, didn't know we'd loaned the paintings. Ah well, hope you guys enjoy them, I'll just head to the Kelvingrove Gallery instead

harpoontang
harpoontang

I have a real problem with the "damsel in distress" tale painted here. Men have been using he bodies of women to promote their own interests for too long now, and while I would have done it different, it could easily be a response to that.

Whoever did it, whatever their message, I'm glad we live in a culture that expresses itself. For those of you who say it is not art, the definition is subjective. Altering the world around you is art to me, even though many street artists possess far more talent. It's easy to sit home and critique the way other people *actually* do stuff.

Mycatsbreath
Mycatsbreath

That's cute. The artist may be a prude,but he did it with humor. So it's ok.

Eric Kauschen
Eric Kauschen

Clear Channel probably had someone do that because they're big on censorship.

dragonlady
dragonlady

uh, everyone, up to an including the writer of this article ~ is so freaking sick ~ keep referring to the graffiti artists as a "he" when it was probably a female tagger who covered her up ~ duh!

Harpoontang
Harpoontang

I can't say probably, but I think it is likely. Grrlplz, saying "no one cares what gender the artist is" is a lie, and convenient for anyone who has actually been fairly represented in history to spout.

Also, flinging the word retarded about is another thing you are doing rong.

Also, this is NOT censorship. Censorship would imply denying access. This was not done to the original, nor was the person who did it in any position of power to be denying access to anyone.

Grrlplz
Grrlplz

Chill out. No one cares what gender the artist is and they're using 'he' as simply a placeholder. Also tildes~~ make you seem retarded.

Muhammad Saleem
Muhammad Saleem

The Art Institute in Chicago makes a habit of funny ads like that.

Tim
Tim

Describing a business meeting as a 'pow-wow' is pretty insensitive... UNLESS it lasted a weekend, included traditional Native dancing and drum groups.

*dismounts high horse*

Paul
Paul

This is seriously pathetic: You swiped this story, photos included, from the LA Times, which got the images you're using from a visiting Scottish museum professional. They beat you by a full day, so seriously, why not link to it?http://latimesblogs.latimes.co...

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

I LOVE this and I love that the museum had a good sense of humor about it. They're right, the Brr! makes it seem less like censorship and Hey! It's basically free marketing.

Isaac Anthony
Isaac Anthony

fucking Protestants. that's not graffiti art, that's some jackass with a spray paint can. you morons should go check out "Mister Brainwash".

Eatshitdie
Eatshitdie

Mr. Brainwash ain't no artist, he stole all of his ideas from people like Banksy, Andy Warhol and OBEY, none of his art is original for that matter...Don't hate because someone is more creative than you, and do your homework before you decide to talk sh*t. That is all.

Mr. Noper

Novayne
Novayne

It's still art, whether it is "quality" art or not. And artists rip off each other all the time, and appropriate other people's work into their own. In fact andy warhol didn't even make most of his designs, he had assistants do it. He just verbally told them what he wanted. Now one could argue Warhol was not an artist, (he is) but not my point. The line between what makes an artist or what is art is so blurred now that it really doesn't matter. More so it matters what is remember-able and quality art and does the art achieve the artist's intentions? All that is subjective too, and is a matter of opinion.

One thing is for sure this "street art" is definitely remember-able (you're discussing it, and probably will remember for some time and the fact you're discussing it shows that you care in some way), quality (that's up for debate), and did it achieve the person's intent? Probably, and more. =)

I'm not saying I am loving it or hating it more so defending it and everyone else which gets called "Not Art". I guess it's up for the people to decide if it is or not. It's society's job in a way. So I am taking a stand just like you. =)

Have a good day.

Timjones2020
Timjones2020

nice to see it develop into a real art discussion. i thought for a minute i was reading strib sports blogs douchebags and all

Sminking_of_gin
Sminking_of_gin

for that matter check out Banksy

Isaac Anthony
Isaac Anthony

No, Banksy is a real artist. Mister Brainwash is a copycat hack with no talent pretending to be an artist. See the connection I'm making?

Smirking_of_gin
Smirking_of_gin

I wasn't entirely sure the connection you were making, sorry. Mbw has some okay stuff, but I do agree he went about it completely the wrong way.I thought you were actually stating rather then a graffitied bra people check out real street art... Which mbw, much as he is a bit of a weasel is considered a street artist.

Guest
Guest

Banksy is a no talent bum and a dbag. See the connection I'm making

Erock from Lyndale.
Erock from Lyndale.

Kudos to the MIA for having a GD sense of humor. They realize that this is art, too. It says good things about them.

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