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Nude portrait of Emiliano Zapata in high heels sparks fury in Mexico

Nude portrait of Emiliano Zapata in high heels sparks fury in MexicoCampesinos storm museum to call for removal of image featuring revolutionary hero posing in pink sombreroA new portrait of Emiliano Zapata has caused a firestorm of outrage for its portrayal of the Mexican revolutionary hero striking a seductive pose – clad only in a pink sombrero and high heels.Furious campesinos stormed one of the country’s most renowned art museums on Thursday to demand the removal of the painting, part of a new exhibition titled Zapata after Zapata that seeks to present alternative views of the Mexican revolution. “This isn’t freedom of expression, it is debauchery! It’s degrading. They can’t exhibit our history that way,” fumed Antonio Medrano, a spokesman for the protesters. “They can’t permit this kind of mockery.”The small painting by Fabián Cháirez depicts a naked Zapata, astride a white horse. His willowy frame is bound by a ribbon striped with the Mexican tricolor of red, white and green, while his lips pout under his distinctive curved moustache.Press pictures of the painting provoked strong reactions in Mexico, where Zapata has maintained an unambiguously heroic reputation since the revolution of 1910 – when he called for “reform, freedom, justice and law”.Some of Zapata’s heirs – with matching droopy moustaches – vowed to take legal action against the exhibition.“We are not going to allow this,” said Jorge Zapata Gonzalez. “For us as relatives, this denigrates the figure of our general – depicting him as gay.”Apocryphal tales of a gay romances involving Zapata have been published in recent decades, but historians say there is little evidence to support the stories.Mexican politicians of all stripes have long tried to claim Zapata as their own – including the some of his supposed revolutionary allies, who later betrayed and killed him.President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared 2019 – the centennial of his death – as the “year of Zapata”, emblazoning the revolutionary leader’s familiar image of a bushy mustache, sombrero and bandolier on government letterhead and promotional materials.“He’s the least controversial revolutionary strongman and the most ‘leftwing’ in the modern sense,’” said Harim B Gutiérrez, history professor at the Autonomous Metropolitan University.But Zapata’s image is also the most malleable, and it has been appropriated by a host of social causes which may not have much to do with his original struggle to secure a better deal for landless peasants.“Every 20 years or so something pops up” involving Zapata’s image, said Luis Vargas Santiago, the curator of the current exhibition at the Palacio de Bellas Artes.Most recently, that “something” has been gender and sexuality. The current exhibition comes at time when Mexico’s LBGTQ communities have become more prominent and women have been more outspoken against the country’s endemic machismo, sexual harassment, and femicides.In recent weeks, women protesting in Mexico City against sexual violence have been criticised for spraying graffiti on monuments and centuries-old buildings.Vargas Santiago said the use of Zapata to advance social agendas followed a similar logic.“It’s not like Zapata’s image is a fixed symbol which cannot be challenged,” he said. “Just like monuments are questioned, Zapata is also an image that can be subverted.”Vargas Santiago said some of Zapata’s descendants had expressed support for the exhibition.The family itself has also split over the use of Zapata’s image – with some descendants applying for a trademark to sell Zapata-branded merchandise such as T-shirts and tequila.The core question, according to Vargas-Santiago, is: “Who does Zapata belong to? Does he belong to his family members? Does he belong to the government? Or does he belong to everyone? Our response is: he belongs to everyone who identifies with his legacy.”López Obrador said on Wednesday that the painting didn’t bother him, “but I’m not a member of the Zapata family.” He asked the culture ministry to find a solution to family’s concerns.Government spokesman Jesús Ramírez Cuevas later tweeted that the government was “committed to artistic freedom and respect for diversity.” “Yes to freedom, no to censorship. Yes to respect, no to violence,” he wrote.



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Meet the U.S. soldier whose portrait hangs over Checkpoint Charlie

Meet the U.S. soldier whose portrait hangs over Checkpoint CharlieWhen he saw himself immortalized above the well-known crossing point, he was "shocked"



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AI-generated portrait sells for a whopping $432,000 at auction

AI-generated portrait sells for a whopping $  432,000 at auctionWell, here's another job artificial intelligence can do instead of humans. AI-generated artwork
Portrait of Edmond Belamy sold for 45 times its anticipated price at Christie's, going under the hammer for an eye-watering $ 435,000 in New York. SEE ALSO: A museum without walls: How the Met is bringing its ancient collection online While the painting (of sorts) is done by computers, the project is actually the creation of Obvious, a Parisian collective consisting of Hugo Caselles-Dupré, Pierre Fautrel and Gauthier Vernier. It's the first AI-created artwork that's gone to auction, and was created by an algorithm which uses thousands of portraits to create the image. "The algorithm is composed of two parts," Caselles-Dupré explained in a statement online. "On one side is the Generator, on the other the Discriminator. We fed the system with a data set of 15,000 portraits painted between the 14th century to the 20th. "The Generator makes a new image based on the set, then the Discriminator tries to spot the difference between a human-made image and one created by the Generator. The aim is to fool the Discriminator into thinking that the new images are real-life portraits. Then we have a result." While it resembles a portrait, there is slight distortion in its appearance, which is a result of the AI being not quite there when it comes to aesthetics. "The Discriminator is looking for the features of the image — a face, shoulders — and for now it is more easily fooled than a human eye," Caselles-Dupré added. It's not the first time AI has been used to create art. Last year, Los Angeles artist Matty Mo used the technology to create portraits of factory workers, art dealers, pilots, artists, and taxi drivers, jobs that he believes will be replaced by machines. WATCH: The Met is redefining what it means to be a museum in the digital age — Mashable Originals



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Jim Carrey Mourns Toronto Van Attack Victims With Powerful New Portrait

Jim Carrey Mourns Toronto Van Attack Victims With Powerful New PortraitJim Carrey's latest portrait is a haunting tribute to the victims of Monday's



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Jim Carrey Turns Paintbrush On Rudy Giuliani With Ghoulish New Portrait

Jim Carrey Turns Paintbrush On Rudy Giuliani With Ghoulish New PortraitJim Carrey's artistic output is becoming more political by the day.



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Michelle Obama meets girl in viral portrait photo

Michelle Obama meets girl in viral portrait photoA 2-year-old girl who was seen mesmerized by portrait of Michelle Obama in a photo that went viral last week came face to face with the subject of that painting on Tuesday.



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Obamas unveil official portraits by Kehinde Wiley, Amy Sherald at National Portrait Gallery

Obamas unveil official portraits by Kehinde Wiley, Amy Sherald at National Portrait GalleryFormer President Barack Obama and wife, Michelle Obama, celebrated the unveiling of their official portraits at the National Portrait Gallery on Monday, as the nation observed the latest art installations.



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Everything You Need To Know About Michelle Obama's Portrait Dress

Everything You Need To Know About Michelle Obama's Portrait DressIf you saw artist Amy Sherald’s portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama and thought, “Tell me all the things about that gown,” then you’re in luck.



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Obama's official portrait unveiled

Obama's official portrait unveiledOn Monday, February 12, the official portraits for former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were unveiled at at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.



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