First of all, can we all just take a moment to appreciate Jeff Harper's spectacular drawing of the five SEC commissioners -- reimagined as WWE wrestlers -- in this article from a few months back in InvestmentNews? Bravo!
Please click here or on the thumbnail above to see the drawing in its full glory.
Harper's illustration has motivated me to create the "Enforcement Action Art Gallery," curated by yours truly (although I will very happily accept any nominations you may have)! This is an easier job than it might seem given the fact that there is very little SEC or securities enforcement-related art out there. Every once in a while, however, I come across such art, and now it will be preserved for future generations (or until Compliance Week deletes this blog, whichever comes first).
So what is in the permanent collection at the Enforcement Action Art Gallery? Here's what we have in our virtual archives so far (in addition to the SEC-WWE illustration above).
1. The "Elite Deviance" project by artist team Brad Kuhl and Monique Leyton -- a series of five works that seeks to capture the essence of high-profile white collar fraudsters through the use of colorful pieces of acrylic and bookbinding tape. Below, for example, is a piece entitled, "Bernie and Ruth Madoff" which shows the infamous Ponzi scheme operator and his wife just out of the grasp of a sea of arms and hands that are reaching out for them. The complete project can be viewed here.
2. The "Street Cop" illustration of Mary Jo White in the November 11, 2013 issue of The New Yorker magazine. Tremendous.
3. A sculpture by artist Chen Wenling called “What You See Might Not Be Real." The sculpture features an enormous bull blasting off (propelled by a huge blast of smoke coming out of its rear) and then slamming Bernard Madoff against a wall.
4. "The Hunt for Steve Cohen" illustration in the June 2013 issue of Vanity Fair that depicts Preet Bharara as Ahab and SAC Capital's billionaire founder Steve Cohen as Moby Dick.
5. The "Chair Mary Jo White as Superhero" illustrations from the "WhereisMJW.com" campaign by an advocacy group. Where else has an SEC Chair been professionally drawn as a superhero who even has her own crazy-cool "MJW" monogram logo?
6. The "O.K. Corral-style" SEC Enforcement logo that quickly came and went from the SEC website in 2010. This has been added to the Enforcement Action Art Gallery collection for posterity's sake, as I doubt that this logo will be seeing the light of day again any time soon, if ever.
Please send me your suggestions for the Enforcement Action Art Gallery so that we can continue to grow our collection!