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April 10, 2009

The Art of Newspapering


Today's Louisville Courier-Journal front page has been created by Turkish conceptual artist Serkan Özkaya.

It's a partnership between the newspaper and a public art organization called artwithoutwalls.

The newspaper explains:

Why does he do this? Why did we let him?

Özkaya said his art is intended to make people "look at your experience in a new way."

Courier-Journal publisher Arnold Garson said the project intrigued him because it can generate discussion, and because it points out how art is a valuable part of everyday life.

"It is about starting the thought process, which is what art is about," Garson said. "It makes you stop and think.

"We are in the business of communication. This is just another way of doing that," he added. "I hope it's exciting, surprising to our readers."

The Kentucky paper isn't the first to turn an artist loose on its news product. For several years The Guardian newspaper has turned over the front pages of its culture sections to visiting artists a week at a time and asked them to create art to illustrate that week's stories.

But what if they created something that was, well, controversial (artists being artists, and all)? Like this? Can you imagine what readers would say?
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