Art Censored by Social Media

Artists, curators and critics have ALL been victims of social media censorship…for posting images of art! Whatever happened to art for all?!

The art world with the help of Nudity on Facebook Day have become the champion forces in combatting a hypocrisy that incessantly curates the feeds of all social media platforms. This movement spurs from the recognition that social media is waging a subliminal battle for a conservative presentation and classification of art. Art is an expression, and maybe it’s our naivety, but ‘freedom of expression’ is pillar to the world of art.

Help us understand why the following artworks warrant censorship?

Edvard Eriksen. The Little Mermaid. 1913.

Even a Disney princess is subject to the wrath of Big Brother, we mean social media. ;) The statue is based off the Hans Christian Andersen fairtytale, and though we think it sensible, her seafaring ensemble caused quite a raucous. Posted to facebook by a Danish politician, it was soon removed for reasons of “running afoul of community standards”…whatever that means.


Colour re-creation of a bas-relief from a tomb dedicated to Ankhmabor in Sakkara, Egypt. c. 2400 B.C.E.

Ok, maybe this strikes a cord with some, but then why don’t we just ban every anatomical book ever?


Evelyne Axell. Ice Cream. 1964.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art posted this image to facebook back in February, and because of its “suggestive content”, the image was removed almost immediately. Note to self: do not post images of people eating…anything.


From the Hours of Catherine of Cleves. Devils, Demons & The Occult. 1440.

A detail from a Medieval manuscript marks yet another instance in which art critic and self-proclaimed “ham”, Jerry Saltz was censored by social media. Saltz relays his adoration for pictures from history that come to light and “reflect a kind of internal consciousness and external condition that feels relevant again”. We’re with HIM!


Anders Zorn. A Female Nude. c. early 20th century.

Uwe Max Jensen, an artist himself, posted a picture by the late Swedish artist, Anders Zorn only to have facebook delete it. We suppose the ‘impression’ of this female was too strong of an impression. When will this hypersensitivity end and when can we resume a global and cultural education about art?

We must take a stand against society’s perception that nudity is taboo. Albeit, there will always be images that test the blurriness of these vague boundaries, but REAL TALK, it’s art. Ride the digital wave and let’s hit the showers to paint each other! See you on social media :P






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