Attention, 21st Century Earthlings! This is Captain Blastoff, coming to you from the Galaxy Gallery in the future, talking about a great popular art form of the past: No, NOT Cheap Science Fiction Book Covers, but the art of that prodigal Space Cadet, Rik Livingston.

As the rest of you Cadets know, I, Hieronymus Tiberius Blastoff, Captain of the Mystical Moon Base and curator of the Galaxy Gallery here in an undisclosed year in your future, am dependent upon my 21st Century art assistant, Cadet Livingston to transcribe my esper communications into blog fodder. But, lately, the boy has been AWOL!

Turns out that Livingston has been embroiled in a bit of controversy concerning an artwork he created, the Dream Screen, that, while it’s not exactly sci-fi, fits pretty well into a fantasy category.

The Dream Screen

A six-foot by eight-foot folding screen. An homage, of sorts, to Henri Julien Félix Rousseau's "The Dream." © Rik Livingston

I sometimes forget that some socially unevolved lifeforms in the 21st Century had the quaint and repressive custom of censoring depictions of the unclothed human form. You can read about Cadet Livingston’s trials and tribulations in a number of news stories:

The Desert Valley Star (pages 3 &11)

The Sun Runner Magazine (page 18)

And THREE articles in the Palm Springs Examiner:

ONE, TWO, and THREE.

The whole affair also inadvertently inspired a “protest exhibit” at a gallery, The Holiday Censored Art Show.

So, at the moment, Cadet Livingston is under house arrest, but I plan on going easy on the boy, and not bringing about a court-martial trial, as his art has also led to a great discovery, a website that all aficionados of SCI-FIne Art will love. More about that next transmission.

This has been Captain Blastoff, leaving you with this quote from George Bernard Shaw, that you Earthlings should all think about as you head into the rest of the 21st century: “The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.”

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