Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Not in New York, you clowns

Some landlord has, I believe, made a capital mistake.

In New York City, the manager of Chelsea Market shut down an art exhibit because it contained a piece that was critical of Herr Bush.

A portrait of President Bush using monkeys to form his image led to the closure of a New York art exhibition over the weekend and anguished protests on Monday over freedom of expression.

"Bush Monkeys," a small acrylic on canvas by Chris Savido, created the stir at the Chelsea Market public space, leading the market's managers to close down the 60-piece show that was scheduled to stay up for the next month.

The show featured art from the upcoming issue of Animal Magazine, a quarterly publication featuring emerging artists.

"We had tons of people, like more than 2,000 people show up for the opening on Thursday night," said show organizer Bucky Turco. "Then this manager saw the piece and the guy just kind of flipped out. 'The show is over. Get this work down or I'm gonna arrest you,' he said. It's been kind of wild."

Turco took the show down on Saturday and moved the art work to his small downtown Animal Gallery. Calls to the management of Chelsea Market for comment were not returned.

From afar, the painting offers a likeness of Bush, but when you get closer you see the image is made up of chimpanzees or monkeys swimming in a marsh.

This one is easy: obviously this manager has made a dreadful mistake, and somehow gone into business in the whole wrong city.

I think, as decent people, we should let him know that.

The phone number of Chelsea Market is 212-243-6005.

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