Fresh Paint
Friday, October 08, 2004
Art Censorship Friday
Cartoon Painting of President Bush in the Nude Taken Down at Washington City Museum

But magically, here it is:

The picture [ed. by Kayti Didriksen], called "Man of Leisure, King George," adopts the pose of a famous Impressionist painting, Edouard Manet's "Olympia," that scandalized Paris in 1863, and now hangs in the Gare d'Orsay Museum in Paris.
Myra Peabody Gossens, a public relations consultant for the museum, said the exhibit was not what had been expected.

"The museum is not an art museum," she explained. "It gets mostly groups of children, with teachers trying to tell them something about history."
Congratulations. Don't you realize that this is history? As was this painting by David Nelson of the late Mayor Harold Washington in funky underwear:

The uproar it caused back in the late 80s!

I know a lot of artists who've either censored themselves, not submitting a naked figure to a show, or having their work censored for them. One woman I know had to put a little cutout over the genital region of a male figure she submitted to a show at the Wilmette Public Library or not show the work.

Please! Let's at least agree to be Victorians!

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