The Guardian profiles how Cuban artists are fearing a government crackdown on artists in the wake of Tania Bruguera’s arrest this week over a new law restricting artistic speech in the country. “The decree criminalizes independent art activity,” the Cuban-American artist Coco Fusco says. “It allows a cadre of roving censors to go around issuing fines, to take away your equipment. These are not liberal individuals – if you are a rap musician and they simply don’t like your lyrics, they will shut you down. These draconian actions already take place but this law systemizes it.”
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Cohen, founder of the chain of Glyn Webb Home Improvement Stores, is one of the world’s premier art collectors. Initially a collector of Modern British, his collection now includes many prized 20th Century American and German Art and contemporary Japanese works, specifically those from the Superflat movement.
In early 2007, he opened the gallery Initial Accesss located in Wolverhampton, England. Also expected to open in 2007 is the FC MoCA, Frank Cohen Museum of Contemporary Art, located in Manchester. Sections of his collection featured at the museum will include works by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Franz Ackerman and many more.
A short, blustery man with cheerful demeanor and a great sense of humor, he can be found snatching up work at prominent art fairs with the likes of Nicolai Frahm.
He has been referred to as both “Charles Saatchi of the North” and “Medici of the North”.