Friday, July 22, 2005
Art Censorship Friday
Florida Art Director Fired After TV Discussion of Graphic Work on Bush
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - An art gallery director says she was fired for talking on television about a sexually explicit caricature involving President Bush, an Arab sheik and a barrel of oil.Ya think?
Susan Buzzi was the Broward Art Guild's executive director and had worked with its gallery for more than 10 years.
Buzzi and Alfred Phillips, who painted the piece, were among several people interviewed by comedian Ed Helms in a spoof news report of the art controversy on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" several weeks ago.
Buzzi said she was told Wednesday that her "services are no longer required" at the gallery.
"I certainly didn't expect this," she said Friday as helpers scooped up belongings and loaded them into a waiting car.
Guild board members assured Phillips that Buzzi's firing had nothing to do with exhibiting his work or appearing on the comedy show.
"However, I think the board members used poor judgment in their timing," he said. "It gives the appearance that censorship is alive and well."
Good evening, folks, on this hot weekend. Most of you are probably out at Lollapalooza, but I'm here in air conditioning, after having printed (same stone, alas) all day, fighting with the ink. Shop isn't air conditioned.
But went right from printing to the beach and got water in my ears and nose and jumped the waves with every 5 to 9 year old in the city. And a cool lake breeze came zooming down from the north east and it was magnificent.
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