A Palestinian demonstrator displays a shoe on a banner showing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, left, and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, during a protest against Israel's military operation in Gaza, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. Israeli forces pounded Gaza Strip houses, mosques and tunnels on Monday from the air, land and sea, killing at least seven children and six other civilians, as they consolidated a bruising land offensive against Palestinian militants. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Quite nice! We've gotten used to mainly seeing contemporary inspirations upon the new shoe artists, so it's refreshing to see such a quaintly archaizing form, almost like an Early Netherlandish diptych. Ah, but our tour is just starting. Next up, Tehran, where we find this kinda Lichtenstein-meets-Rauschenberg creation:
January 5, 2009. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi (IRAN)
And next, we're on to Barcelona, where a sizable shoe art happening...um... happened yesterday. I really love the Arte Povera-like minimalism in the Spanish shoe artwork:
I swear, if you just covered that whole thing in white plaster, people would think it was a real Paolini.
Here's where the whole thing gets freaky. Remember about how Bill "Papa Bear" Richardson was going to be secretary of commerce and everything until he wasn't? And they said it was because of some grand jury thingee or something? Well, the real reason is that he was photographed at a violent shoe art demonstration in Australia (Australia!) on Sunday. I hope it was worth it, Bill:
(AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Australia! The Middle Eastern Shoe Art Renaissance has become the Global Shoe Art Renaissance, and isn't it thrilling! And the best thing about it is that the movement is so adaptable. In some far-off lands, Bosnia for instance, they've charmingly tailored shoe art to meet their own needs, as in this case where local rulers were substituted for George Bush in a rousing public loafer-toss:
And as happens when anything anywhere gets trendy, eventually the Brits will find out about it:
A demonstrator throws a shoe near the Downing Street residence of Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown, during a protest against the Israeli attacks on Gaza at Trafalgar Square in London January 3, 2009. (Luke MacGregor/Reuters)
And naturally, if it's worth doing in London, it's worth overdoing:
God, so totally fun! Where will shoe art erupt next?