Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Nude Portrait Vandalized Outside White Flag Projects Art Gallery

Posted By on Wed, May 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM

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Here's another before and after look:

No butts about it. - COURTESY WHITE FLAGS PROJECTS
  • Courtesy White Flags Projects
  • No butts about it.

When Daily RFT spoke to Strauss, he had not alerted police and isn't sure if he will, saying he doesn't think it'll do much good. He says he checked around the area and a nearby Dumpster to see if the perpetrator left his roller, but didn't find anything.

He did, however, say that one of his staff members noticed a man in a van, smiling and waving, and seeming to be gesturing at the print.

"Maybe that was a return to the scene of the crime," he muses.

Strauss say another part of his hesitation about calling the cops is he doesn't want to give up the print. He alerted the artist and offered have the work reprinted, but McGinley -- not one to get butthurt over a critic -- sent back word that the print should remain hanging as it is for the duration of the exhibit (May 4 to June 15).

"I think it says something very different to let it remain there," say Strauss. "It speaks to something completely different now."

As to who he believes could have done something like this?

"I have this fantasy now of this angry homophobic house painter driving by," Strauss says.

We'd love to know what the rump-us is all about. If anyone knows more (or wants to take credit), give us a shout.

Follow Jessica Lussenhop on Twitter at @Lussenpop. E-mail the author at Jessica.Lussenhop@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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