Ward Schumaker had sent out an email about this image he recently made for The New Republic, and how even though they'd absolutely loved the illustration they had to pull it at the last minute.
The conundrum was that it's an article about the censorship of certain "dirty words" and in the end his illustration was ultimately censored.Women's Wear Daily
reported on it, and now in this week's SF Weekly
there's a whole article interviewing Ward about it - and printing the image in full glory. Finally, here's the original New Republic
article. I asked Ward if I could post it here, so here it is: a beautiful calligraphic response.
"I’m used to getting over it quickly when my even my best work is killed, but this one made me angry---at first. Now I’m more interested in what makes my drawing of the words seem more inflammatory than the same words set in type. Does that suggest something inherent in the power of images?
I don’t know the answer.
Personally, I thought my image was pretty and funny. Not vulgar, at least not when coupled with the article.
I appreciate that one of the senior editors at The New Republic asked for a ‘frame-able’ print out of my piece (he sent me his latest book in exchange); and that the author wrote that killing my piece was ‘ironic’---but at the same time, though he’d asked for permission to mount it on his site, he didn’t do so. "