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Born in Johannesburg, where he witnessed the effects of Apartheid, Fein studied industrial psychology before moving to Los Angeles in the mid-1980s and later settling in San Francisco. His art ranges over a variety of political issues, from urban blight to the masochistic and homoerotic implications of life in the military to the ongoing "war on terror" and erosion of American civil liberties.

A 2004 exhibit in San Francisco was explicitly intended to make viewers aware of the "nightmarish rollbacks of the Constitution by an Administration that has done more kill civil liberties than Osama bin Laden could ever have wished for in his wettest dreams."

Peter Selz, The Art of Engagement, 2005

ARTIST. David Goldblatt, Graeme Williams and the irrepressible Clinton Fein represent two generations of photojournalists vigilantly documenting modern South African history. Holland Cotter, The New York Times.

Rules of Engagement
Marcia E. Vetrocq, Art in America
June/July, 2008

A Call to Arms
Maureen Davidson, Metro Santa Cruz Weekly
October 8, 2008

Billboards bring peace message to city streets
Heather Tirado Gilligan, Bay Area Reporter
May 29, 2008

San Francisco billboard display peace messages (video)
Heather Ishimaru, ABC News
May 27, 2008

Wheatpaste for peace: SF Peace Billboards Project launches
Ariel Soto, San Francisco Bay Guardian
May 26, 2008

Night + Day: Calendar Picks
Janine Kahn, SF Weekly
May 26, 2008

Clinton Fein at Toomey Tourell
Peter Selz, Art in America
December, 2007

Iraq inspires surge of protest art
Peter Beaumont, The Observer
September 9, 2007

The Horror of Torture, Reinterpreted through Art
By Kenneth Baker, The San Francisco Chronicle
January 20, 2007

Precision Strike
By Michael Leaverton, SF Weekly
January 17, 2007

The Bigger Picture: 'Torture': Photographer restages
infamous images from Abu Ghraib

By Reyhan Harmanci, The San Francisco Chronicle
January 11, 2007

Looking at Torture
By Andrew Sullivan, Time Magazine
January 2, 2007

Capital Roundup
artnet Magazine
May 22, 2006

Art Beat
The San Francisco Weekly
June 29, 2005

'Imprints: Works on Paper'
By Holland Cotter, The New York Times
March 25, 2005

Clinton Fein Comes To Town
By Paul Benevidez, The Ojai and Ventura VOICE
February 11, 2005

Provocation via the Political
By Josef Woodard, The Los Angeles Times
March 3, 2005

Clinton Fein at Upfront Gallery
By Esther Easly, Coagula Art Journal
March, 2005

Everything's Fein
By Molly Freedenberg, Ventura County Reporter
February 12, 2005

Numb and Number: Clinton Fein at Toomey Tourell Gallery
By Clark Buckner, Artweek
February, 2005

Corporate Policy Leads to Political Censorship
By Molouk Y. Ba-Isa, Arab News
January 11, 2005

His art is not subtle. It can be hard to take. But Clinton Fein is not afraid to make a statement.
By Kenneth Baker, The San Francisco Chronicle
November 2, 2004

Clinton Fein and the Art of Political Protest
By Deborah Phillips, Toomey Tourell

Artist and advocate Clinton Fein has his controversial images destroyed prior to exhibition
By Kresta Tyler Johnson, ArtThrob Magazine

Using the Canvas to Canvass
By Jack Fischer, The San Jose Mercury News
October 31, 2004

As Nov. 2 nears, artists get in their last licks, sending up Bush and company on center stage
By Steve Winn, The San Francisco Chronicle
October 20, 2004

Political artist loses printer over images
By Louise Roug, The Los Angeles Times
October 16, 2004

2 of Clinton Fein's political works run afoul of his printer's policies
By Kenneth Baker, The San Francisco Chronicle
October 12, 2004

The Clinton Cabinet
Surface Magazine
October 2004

Clinton Fein "Warning
By Ken Johnson, The New York Times
September 17, 2004

First Thursday Art Openings; San Francisco
By Alan Bamberger,
October 7, 2004

Print shop refuses to release political images
By Jack Fischer, The San Jose Mercury News
October 6, 2004 Webmaster says war art censored
Paul Festa, C|NET
October 6, 2004

The Importance of Being Annoying
By Michelle Goldberg, Metropolitan Magazine

With Intent to Annoy
By Steve Silverman, The Neitzen

Asserting a Constitutional Right to Annoy
By Pamela Mendels, The New York Times

Hate Mail Won't Dissuade
By Robert McMillan, Newsbytes, Discovery Channel

License to Annoy
Phoenix New Times

Annoying, but Legal
Wired News

Does Anything Go?
Limiting Free Speech on the Net:
Five Players Debate the Issue

By Thomas E. Weber, The Wall Street Journal

Supreme Court upholds 'annoying' CDA provision
By Elinor Mills, CNN

U.S. court protects 'annoying' online speech
By Elinor Mills, CNN

Suit Challenges Ban on 'Annoying' Language
By Associated Press/New York Times

Multimedia company, government seek ruling on decency
David Hudson, First Amendment Center

With Intent to Annoy
The Atlantic Monthly Can Be Indecent, but not Obscene
By Pamela Mendels, The New York Times May Get Its Way in Court
Ashley Craddock, Wired News Shows - But Doesn't Tell
By Steve Silverman, Wired News

New porno spam scam
By Maria Seminerio, ZDNet News

Ziff-Davis Not Amused by Parody
Wired News CDA challenge heard
By Dan Goodin, CNET is true to name
By CNET Staff

Suit Over Ban On `Annoyingly' Vulgar E-Mail Decency Act challenged by Web site owner
Ramon G. McLeod, The San Francisco Chronicle

Multimedia company hopes to weigh in on free-speech case
By David Hudson, First Amendment Center

Federal court rules that may continue to annoy
By David Hudson, First Amendment Center

CD-ROM with gay sailors released
By Carol Ness, San Francisco Chronicle


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