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Brett Murray: Small on penises, big on satire

Kicks and pricks aside, can Brett Murray's work ever be read ignoring the brouhaha his Spear painting caused? The short answer: Maybe.

‘The Spear’ vandalism case postponed

The trial of Louis Mabokela, accused of vandalising the Jacob Zuma 'The Spear' painting, has been postponed in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court.

Documents of fictionalisation

The Loom of the Land shows South Africa through the eyes of more than 20 artists, but the exhibition’s politeness may leave art lovers unsatisfied.

Diddy buys Murray at Art Basel Miami Beach

An artwork from Brett Murray's controversial "Hail to the Thief II" exhibition has been snatched up by hip-hop royalty Sean "Puffy" Combs.

Appeal tribunal shreds classification of ‘The Spear’

The Film and Publications Board cannot ban online images, an appeal tribunal told it this week.

McKaiser: Nudity has lost its political potency

The reaction to a new painting of President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed has been banal but in an interesting way, Eusebius McKaiser has said.

‘The Spear’ returns as gallery takes on classification

The Goodman Gallery has appealed a ruling that children should be protected from the 'Spear' painting, saying the FPB does not have the authority.

The ‘Sarah Baartmanisation’ of the black body

Songstress Simphiwe Dana pens a letter to City Press editor, Ferial Haffajee, on the role "The Spear" had in dehumanising black people.

Elitist attacks imperil change

The political tsunami generated by "The Spear" has begun to subside, so there is some relative calm in which to assess the consequences of the outcry.

The best way to deal with ‘The Spear’

The heavy-handed response to the Brett Murray's painting raises the ominous spectre of the state silencing dissent, writes Anne McClintock

The art of marching: ANC ‘Spear’ protest hits the road

The battle against the controversial "Spear" painting moves to the streets as thousands of ANC supporters prepare to march on the Goodman Gallery.

City Press editor: ‘I don’t respond to threats’

City Press editor Ferial Haffajee says the ANC is no longer a party of ideas and debate.

Meet the man who shed a tear for Zuma’s spear

Described as "a sensitive man" by Nelson Mandela's lawyer, Gcina Malindi is the anti-apartheid activist now best known for his tearful breakdown.

Brett Murray: Putting it bluntly

Rory Bester believes that the violent outrage at Brett Murray's painting of Jacob Zuma is as unsurprising as Murray's work itself.

Democracy is a fine art

I am one of those who feel that the controversial Brett Murray painting, The Spear, denigrates our president.

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Finance probe into the Ingonyama Trust Board goes ahead

The threat of legal action from ITB chairperson Jerome Ngwenya fails to halt forensic audit ordered by the land reform minister

Fake trafficking news targets migrants

Exaggerated reports on social media of human trafficking syndicates snatching people in broad daylight legitimate xenophobia while deflecting from the real problems in society

Signing a path to freedom for the deaf

If South African Sign Language is recognised as one of the country’s official languages, it will considerably ease many of the deaf community’s problems of access, education and equality.

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