Decades-long struggle of ideals, political theatre will meet again in the Hill’s pig Paint,’


It is Pussy Riot, the female punk-music-act in the prison from Russian President Vladimir Putin and condemned as blasphemous by the Russian Orthodox Church after an unauthorized performance inside a Moscow Cathedral.

Political Art?

Pablo Picasso’s massive mural “Guernica” demonstrates the horror of the German air force bombing of a small Basque village at the request of the Spanish nationalists. The miserable scene shows the bovine animals, soldiers dismembered, skulls and the hell-scape of the war.

A debate about completed where the display of Guernica was raging since Picasso’s work. A tour, the painting helped to collect money, to return from the war. While at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, anti-Vietnam-war-protesters often gathered in front of the painting. A 1974 protest against the My Lai massacre scarred Guernica with spray-paint.

Picasso himself refused to allow Guernica to Spain until Francisco Franco from power. If he shielded, finally, back to Spain, officials of Guernica behind bomb-proof glass. Picasso wanted to display Guernica, in the Museo del Prado in Madrid. But it is now on display at the Reina Sofia Museum. Now Basque nationalists demand to be on display in Bilbao.

Political Art?

Norman Rockwell’s “accompany The Problem We All live With” shows U.S. marshals, 6-year-old, African American student Ruby Bridges to an all-white school during the 1960 New Orleans desegregation crisis. Rockwell racial epithets painted on the wall behind the child and the carcass of a splattered tomato.

Political Art?

Now there’s “Untitled #1” by teenage artist David Pulphus. It shows protesters descending on police officers with the St. Louis Arch in the background. Pulphus attracts the police as warthogs — with weapons drawn. A protester is cast as a wolf.

Pulphus painting won the right to represent the district of Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Missouri, in the annual congressional art competition last year. The house a year shows the award winning work of around 400 artists, students.

“The painting depicts a colorful landscape of symbolic characters, the presentation of social injustice, the tragic events in Ferguson and the obsolete elements of inequality in modern American society,” said Clay on Pulphus victory last year.

Political Art?

The picture now hangs in a tunnel of the U.S. Capitol, the Cannon House Office Building. But on Tuesday, the architect of the Capitol, plans to remove the painting.

Washington GOP Rep. Dave Reichert, the former sheriff of King County, requested that the architect of the Capitol, Stephen Ayers, you remove the painting. He argued that the painting “presented a clear violation of the suitability of the guidelines in the official rules for the competition.”

In particular, in claimed, the rules of the bar type, “subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature Reichert.”

Clay says the removal of the painting is a problem because a board chooses approved images for the competition, it was a long time ago. Never mind that Untitled #1 hung in the tunnel for seven months, mind without someone paying a lot of.

“These rules are there for a reason,” Reichert said. “This picture hung in the clear disregard of these rules and was a slap in the face for the countless men and women who put their lives on the line every day in the name of our safety and freedom.”

But the color rules is a violation of the competition. So, Untitled #1.

But other images are displayed, which meet in this corridor, this rules?

A painting with the title “POTUS”, President Obama in the cubist style of Robert Mason Jr is on display from the district of the Republic of Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

Surely there are no political controversies surrounding the current President of the United States.

How about a photo of a haggard U.S. veterans of the title “Veteran” of Cain Nocera, from the district of Illinois, democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski. No controversy of late with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Welcome home” is a painting by Sydni VanHoose, from the district of Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri.

The drawing is of a male soldier in camouflage clutching of a young girl, clings to his neck. The girl waves a U.S. flag. No controversy in recent years over the length of the missions of U.S. service personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In the close in the tunnel, a large shield on the merits of the competing trumpets.

“An artistic discovery,” screams the poster. “The promotion of the Creative efforts of our Nation’s young artists.”

Before the architect of the Capitol to escalate, it was decided to remove the painting, is enriched in a dialogue to “de-” the situation with clay.

Reichert says he beat Clay, the Pulphus submit another image to replace “the negative ads (police) with a more positive piece of progress to show. We work together.”

Clay said that Pulphus painting “his life experience”.

Reichert said he was afraid to continue the display of the painting “could result in the death of the other police officers.”

of the historic controversy about Guernica, where it is shown. And that is the Problem here. Those who say it, go to the bottom of it hanging in a gallery somewhere, just not on the Capitol grounds. At the beginning of the last week, Untitled #1 was not the only type in question, in the cannon Tunnel.

The legislator is assumed to act in dramatic roles, from an unscripted drama plays with the idea of painting a Central role. It could be the best in this part of the saga characterize as “performance art.”

It all started when Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr., R-Calif., took it upon himself to pull out unilaterally, the painting from the wall and deliver it to Clay’s office.

“He has protested no authority to do that,” tone.

When asked whether the legislature could, in turn, to the bottom of the student paintings drawing of an American eagle, the replied his district, hunter: “nothing prevents.”

On Tuesday morning, clay and the members of the Congressional Black Caucus huddled in the tunnel to rehang Untitled #1.

“Hunter’ s removal of this type showed a disregard for the Constitution,” protested the CBC member of the North Carolina Democratic Republic of the Alma Adams, an artist and art professor.

In The Afternoon, Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., strolled through the passage, took the painting and put it on Clay’s office.

Not to said, “I could in good conscience continue to walk through a painting, that so shamelessly miss the brave police officers that protect us in the capital of respects,” he said.

Clay brought the painting back an hour later.

“If you should go through the process and made it far,” complained an objection to a picture, sound. “Not arbitrary, the kid’s OK to take the picture down?”

Two hours later, GOP and Dana Rohrabacher, Calif., and Brian Babin, Texas, led a joint heist of the art and went into the painting to clay’s office, members of the press in tow.

“It is an absolute disgrace,” Babin explains.

An hour later, sound re-hung the painting in the hall a third time.


“I’m getting a little dizzy here,” complained the sound, says the e GOP stunts are “childish” and “negative politeness.”

On Wednesday, someone Scotch-taped paper “blue lives matter” banner at the top of the ” Untitled #1. Those flags look exactly the same as the US flag — replaced by a “thin blue line” for the red strip that runs directly under the field of 50 stars.

The congressional art competition rules are silent, if there is such a guerrilla comment is allowed, accompany the works on display. It is unclear whether the AOC permit, to stay in the blue life-thing flag, as Untitled #1 is Tuesday.

It is often said that all politics is local. Perhaps it is no surprise that in the stage technology surrounding Untitled #1, the legislator retreat to archetypes that best represent their districts. After all, that is, what is the legislature to do: represent their voters.

What sound would, for example, components say, if he is not vigilant, to defend Pulphus and his painting to say — nothing like some of his voters feel about the law enforcement after the, what was going on in Ferguson?

For the same reason the police, it is no surprise that “law and order” members of Congress as Hunter, Lamborn, Rohrabacher and Babin injected in this game, the lengths to show you are going to defend that?

A legislator who is not asked to be identified, said the public distill the debate in two ways: “This is bad for the Democrats, because from the looks of it, you are against law enforcement. And this is bad for the Republicans, because from the looks of it, you are against the First amendment.”

This raised the question of whether this was all just agitprop — theatrical, political action, the help, the Republicans and Democrats of mold in your ideal paradigm.

Everything on Capitol Hill for a cycle. Conferences begin. Congresses. Members are elected. The members are selected.

This is the case with the current collection of art work now hangs in the cannon Tunnel. In a couple of months, all to the same fate, David Pulphus – Untitled #1 hit match on Tuesday: they will be removed.

Another crop of images that cycle collection will succeed. Sounds a bit like Congress, “term limits.” Only Pulphus painting got the boot too early.

The question now is whether the artist and the legislature are trying to push the envelope, to hang a provocative art to the next competition — or whether the removal of Untitled #1 throws a deterrent effect, the income, the more vanilla entries and winners.

Pulphus art was political. But because the competition rules, the irony is that they don’t want political art on Capitol Hill.



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