Everybody NOT Draw Muhammad Day
Readers will recall that a few days ago, I announced this Sunday to be "Everybody NOT Draw Muhammad Day" because I believe "that we must all stand up for our right not to draw Muhammad, else even that right will be taken from us!"
The response has been overwhelming. Among the billions of people who didn't draw Muhammad were three artists who went to the trouble of sending in their non-depictions of Muhammad. First and foremost is Dario Rivarossa, with the punny That's Not M!
Mr. Rivarossa's work, with its vertiginous perspective from the upper heights of skyscrapers and its swirl of bright colors against a gray background, appears to portray Spiderman swinging through NYC's urban jungle, and perhaps another superhero as well, possibly Daredevil. Obviously not Muhammad!
Next comes a work sent in by Horace Jeffery Hodges, imaginatively titled Not Muhammad:
Mr. Hodges, in a simple facial sketch against an even simpler, bold-red background, takes particular pains to ensure there be no misunderstanding, that this is not Muhammad! But is it also not art?
And finally, we see a true masterpiece of not-Muhammad art, En-Uk Sequoya Hwang's Daddy:
Mr. Hwang's drawing is a bold postmodernist colored sketch that appears to allude to the Cubists with the triangular slap of black to his father's face, but the drawing also recalls the ancient Egyptian manner of portraying heads from the side rather than the front. There might also be an allusion to a famous sketch of Darwin, given the massive brow. At any rate, you see that Mr. Hwang's art looks nothing like Muhammad. Of course, it also looks nothing like me . . .
There we have it! Three great works of astonishing artistry not depicting Muhammad. Our right not to draw Muhammad is safe.
I hearby declare "Everybody NOT Draw Muhammad Day" to have been an astounding success!