- The Washington Times - Friday, April 10, 2009

LOUISVILLE, KY. (AP) - Readers might do a double-take when they see Friday’s edition of The Courier-Journal.

The front page was reproduced in its entirety as an artist’s rendering, from photographs to type _ even the masthead. Only the bar code was untouched.

The original Page One is actually on page A3 in the Friday edition.

The hand-drawn replica, by Turkish conceptual artist Serkan Ozkaya, represents a public art partnership among the artist, the newspaper and artwithoutwalls, a Louisville-based nonprofit that strives to bring art to new audiences in nontraditional places.

“We’re actually delivering a work of art,” said Alice Gray Stites, who heads artwithoutwalls.

“For 75 cents,” added Ozkaya, referring to the newsstand price of the newspaper.

The Courier-Journal, which is owned by Gannett Co., said the 36-year-old artist has worked on similar hand-copying projects at four other newspapers around the world, including The New York Times.

Arnold Garson, publisher of The Courier-Journal, said the project intrigued him because it can generate discussion and points out the value of art in everyday life.

“It is about starting the thought process, which is what art is about,” Garson said. “It makes you stop and think.

“We are in the business of communication. This is just another way of doing that,” he added. “I hope it’s exciting, surprising to our readers.”

The work to produce the replica front page took six people about one hour. Ozkaya worked with a team of five University of Louisville art students.

The Courier-Journal’s artistic front page came a day after The Los Angeles Times made a Page One change of its own: It ran an advertisement resembling a news story on its front page for the first time.


Information from: The Courier-Journal, https://www.courier-journal.com

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