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In The Frame

Court portraits of Taylor Swift get short shrift

by The Art Newspaper  |  1 September 2017
Court portraits of Taylor Swift get short shrift
The artist Jeff Kandyba’s “likenesses” of the pop star Taylor Swift were mocked online. Photo: Reuters/Jeff Kandyba
Court sketches are always problematic; does that guy in the dock really have such humongous ears? This dilemma raised its head during a recent legal battle involving the pop star Taylor Swift, who won a court case against David Mueller after the jury decided that the former radio DJ sexually assaulted Swift in 2013. The artist Jeff Kandyba’s sketches of the millionaire musician in a Denver courtroom caused a social-media storm, with the writer Anne Donahue tweeting, for instance, that “this artist’s rendition of Taylor Swift is a very good sketch of Rolf from The Sound of Music”. Other critics said that the drawings turned Swift into her pop rival, Katy Perry. Kandyba has hit back, telling the Boston Globe that drawing Swift in court is not like photographing her at an event.

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