Is it war on terror or war on the arts?

Last year, Arts Hub UK carried the story of Steve Kurtz, a Buffalo University Professor of Art, who was arrested on suspicion of terrorist activity following his call to 911 upon the death of his wife. This week, Arts Hub Global takes a look at the effects of the War on Terror, and the associated introduction of hard-line laws and infringements on human rights, on the art world.
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Last year, Arts Hub UK carried the story of Steve Kurtz, a Buffalo University Professor of Art, who was arrested on suspicion of terrorist activity following his call to 911 upon the death of his wife. And for those who don’t yet know this story, it is shockingly simple. After calling 911 when his wife suffered a cardiac arrest, Kurtz has become public enemy number 1. Why? Well when the police arrived in response to the 911, they saw test tubes and petri dishes that Kurtz was using in a current artwork. So they called in the FBI. Kurtz used to be a new media artist. Now however his wife is dead and he is in jail.

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Emma Dawson
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Emma Dawson is a staff writer at Arts Hub Global.