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Broward pressures Art Guild to remove graphic painting of Bush from ‘Controversy’ exhibit

An explicit art piece at the private, nonprofit Broward Art Guild was removed from its prominent position in the gallery after the agency’s director received a phone call from the county’s Department of Cultural Affairs, which partially funds the group.

How the hell are you private if you accept public funds?

County Administrator Roger Desjarlais said Thursday the phone call placed by department director Mary Becht — and the subsequent decision to take the painting off the wall — will lead to an internal discussion of whether county agencies have the right to influence artistic decisions or fund certain exhibits.

If it’s your money, it’s your wall. Where’s the question?

The Broward Art Guild’s annual exhibit, entitled “Controversy,” caught the attention of Becht when she received a complaint from another artist in the show that an art piece entitled “Yahoo!” was offensive and inappropriate.

Let’s repeat: the title of the exhibit is “Controversy.”

The piece in question is a painting depicting President Bush being sodomized. Artist Alfred Phillips said images of an oil barrel and a man wearing a Muslim headdress in the work are part of a political statement about the United States being abused by oil companies.

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