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InvisibleKingOftheThing
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Bush monkey portrait sparks protests
    #3494265 - 12/13/04 10:48 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20041213/od_uk_nm/oukoe_arts_monkeys

Bush monkey portrait sparks protests

Mon Dec 13, 3:52 PM ET

By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A portrait of President George W. Bush (news - web sites) using monkeys to form his image has led to the closure of a New York art exhibition over the weekend and anguished protests 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.

Savido, 23, said he was surprised by the strong reaction to his painting, listed in the catalogue at $3,500 (1,820 pounds).

"It seems like people got a kick out of it," Savido said. "When they really see it, they almost do a double-take. I like to get a reaction from people."

The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-bred artist said he was happy for all the attention paid to his work but said the decision to shutter the exhibit was "a blatant act of censorship."

Savido plans to auction the painting and donate proceeds to an organization dedicated to freedom of expression.

"This is much deeper than art. This is fundamental American rights, freedom of speech," Savido said. "To see that something like this can happen, especially in a place like New York City is mind boggling and scary."



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InvisibleKingOftheThing
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Re: Bush monkey portrait sparks protests [Re: KingOftheThing]
    #3494274 - 12/13/04 10:49 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

bush is such a piece of garbage
Ha HA


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Re: Bush monkey portrait sparks protests [Re: KingOftheThing]
    #3494372 - 12/13/04 11:05 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

i gotta say i prefer the Bob Marley one :smile:



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Re: Bush monkey portrait sparks protests [Re: KingOftheThing]
    #3494635 - 12/13/04 11:53 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

they should teach these idiot art students what censorship means.

if I closed down the KKK art exhibit, they'd be lauding me as the
next MLK. some private gallery owner, probably fearing for his
ashcroft-loving life closes down a controversial exhibit and now
it's CENSORSHIP?

it's ok when it's jesus' likeness wrought from feces, but not when
it's someone making a monkey out of bush.

(or bush out of a monkey, as the case may be...)


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Re: Bush monkey portrait sparks protests [Re: KingOftheThing]
    #3494647 - 12/13/04 11:55 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

Quote:

Savido, 23, said he was surprised by the strong reaction to his painting,




Heh, I bet he was shocked.  :rolleyes:


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Re: Bush monkey portrait sparks protests [Re: Catalysis]
    #3494776 - 12/14/04 12:20 AM (11 years, 11 months ago)

America!


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Re: Bush monkey portrait sparks protests [Re: KingOftheThing]
    #3515203 - 12/17/04 11:17 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

http://www.scrappleface.com/MT/archives/001983.html

MoveOn.org Sues Artist Over Bush Monkey Face
by Scott Ott


(2004-12-13) -- MoveOn.org, the political action group that recently purchased the Democrat National Committee, today filed an infringement suit against a New York City artist whose portrait of President Bush, formed from monkey heads, caused chaos at Chelsea Market this weekend.

The MoveOn.org suit claims "any representation of Bush and monkeys together without the expressed written consent of MoveOn.org is strictly prohibited."

The suit asks for $950 million in damages and possession of the acrylic-on-canvas work, "Bush Monkeys," by Chris Savido.

"The Bush-chimp thing is our idea," said a MoveOn.org spokesman. "We bought it. We own it. We're going to take it back."

Mr. Savido's attorney said his client is innocent.

"This may be a case of great minds thinking alike," said the unnamed lawyer. "My client swears that he has never heard anyone say that the president resembles a monkey, chimpanzee or other simian. He's never been to the plaintiff's website. It was an inspiration that just came to him--one of those great creative bursts that you can't plan or control. He's a brilliant artist."






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Re: Bush monkey portrait sparks protests [Re: Phred]
    #3515260 - 12/17/04 11:37 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

:lol:


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Re: Bush monkey portrait sparks protests [Re: Krishna]
    #3515630 - 12/18/04 01:20 AM (11 years, 11 months ago)

I think you guys misread the article.

It was monkey lovers who protested the painting.


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Re: Bush monkey portrait sparks protests [Re: afoaf]
    #3534877 - 12/23/04 07:08 AM (11 years, 11 months ago)

Quote:

afoaf said:
they should teach these idiot art students what censorship means.

if I closed down the KKK art exhibit, they'd be lauding me as the
next MLK. some private gallery owner, probably fearing for his
ashcroft-loving life closes down a controversial exhibit and now
it's CENSORSHIP?

it's ok when it's jesus' likeness wrought from feces, but not when
it's someone making a monkey out of bush.

(or bush out of a monkey, as the case may be...)




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Edited by uno (12/23/04 07:09 AM)


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Re: Bush monkey portrait sparks protests [Re: uno]
    #3534982 - 12/23/04 08:05 AM (11 years, 11 months ago)

"The Bush-chimp thing is our idea," said a MoveOn.org spokesman. "We bought it. We own it. We're going to take it back."
:rotfl:

pathetic

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as for the incident itself - what a gutless manager....and since when can your boss arrest you for putting up a satirical portrait?

"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."
:rotfl:

pathetic


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