First Andy Warhol, Now Robert Mapplethorpe: Which Other Artist Foundations Will The Smithsonian Alienate?

Posted on 17 Dec 2010 at 2:44pm

In exchange for yanking David Wojnarowicz's 1987 video work "Fire in My Belly" from its Hide/Seek exhibit, the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery has been treated to civilian zappers, the Andy Warhol Foundation pulling future 0,000 annual contributions, and now artist AA Bronson requesteing his work be removed from the exhibit "out of solidarity" with Wojnarowicz. (Whereas Wojnarowicz portrayed Jesus as an AIDS-stricken corpose, Bronson's photograph "Felix, June 5, 1994" shows his late partner Felix Partz immediately after his real-life AIDS death.) Oh, and now the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation is done with the Smithsonian, too.

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