Okay, that was not the final post of the year. I just read this horseshit from the UK Guardian via the ArtForum website:
12.31.03 Orange, the British communications corporation, recently commissioned artist Peter Kennard to create an image that could be projected onto the facade of London’s Trinity House as part of the city’s Brighten Up London campaign. But at the last minute the company decided not to project Kennard’s depiction of the Virgin Mary with a peace-sign halo, saying that the work was “too harsh.” In the UK, the incident has opened up a debate about the corporate sponsorship of art, prompting Kennard to write in The Guardian: “[Corporate sponsors] give the impression of supporting dissident views and freedom of expression, but if there is any danger that your sponsored work encourages even a modicum of critical debate, you’re out the door.”
This is all accurate, except the subtle indication that coporate sponsors are unique in this. All patrons exert pressure on the artists they fund to make palatable art as they see it, and PUBLIC entities are the most censorious in this regard.
Do it yourself or shut the fuck up and eat what they tell you.