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12/13/2004

 

Art at the Chelsea Market


At an exhibition at the Chelsea Market in NYC hung a piece by Christopher Savido that had to be removed from display at the request of the market's managers. The artwork "from afar appears to be a likeness of the president but viewed up close reveals chimps swimming in a marshy landscape."

The artist, a Pittsburgher, muttered about censorship.

A private gallery determining what is and what is not worthy of display on their premises is not government censorship.

If I owned the gallery, his artwork would have been displayed in a prominent place slightly apart from the other works, with the name and photograph of the artist also displayed prominently, as well as a description of the artwork and my own review. ("Fringe, childish attack piece from the retrograde counterculture attempting to equate a human being and a chimpanzee.")

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