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Florida Art Director Fired After TV Discussion of Graphic Work on Bush
AP ^ | AP-ES-07-22-05 2134EDT

Posted on 07/22/2005 7:04:34 PM PDT by TheOtherOne

Florida Art Director Fired After TV Discussion of Graphic Work on Bush

By Denise Kalette Associated Press Writer
Published: Jul 22, 2005 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - An art gallery director says she was fired for talking on television about a sexually explicit caricature involving President Bush, an Arab sheik and a barrel of oil.

Susan Buzzi was the Broward Art Guild's executive director and had worked with its gallery for more than 10 years.

Buzzi and Alfred Phillips, who painted the piece, were among several people interviewed by comedian Ed Helms in a spoof news report of the art controversy on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" several weeks ago.

Buzzi said she was told Wednesday that her "services are no longer required" at the gallery.

"I certainly didn't expect this," she said Friday as helpers scooped up belongings and loaded them into a waiting car.

Guild board members assured Phillips that Buzzi's firing had nothing to do with exhibiting his work or appearing on the comedy show.

"However, I think the board members used poor judgment in their timing," he said. "It gives the appearance that censorship is alive and well."

Julia Andrews, the new president of the guild's board of directors, declined to discuss the reasons for Buzzi's dismissal.

The graphic painting was selected for the gallery by an outside consultant and was sold following the May exhibit.

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On the Net: http://www.browardartguild.org

AP-ES-07-22-05 2134EDT


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: art; fired

1 posted on 07/22/2005 7:04:35 PM PDT by TheOtherOne
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To: TheOtherOne

Vulgar anti-Bush, mixed-media painting by Florida artist Alfred Phillips. On display as part of the the Broward Art Guild’s annual “Controversy” exhibit.

3 posted on 07/22/2005 7:14:39 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: TheOtherOne

Yes, to brainy liberals "censoorship" isn't when the government keeps you from publishing or displaying something. No. "Censorship" is what happens when anyone decides what you've done is inappropriate garbage.


4 posted on 07/22/2005 7:15:19 PM PDT by Reactionary
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To: Mortikhi

Where'd you find that picture?


5 posted on 07/22/2005 7:15:41 PM PDT by Chunga
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To: Chunga


Painting triggers controversy in local art show

A Broward Art Guild exhibit titled “Controversy” created just that with the inclusion of a painting by Alfred Phillips that depicts President Bush being sodomized.

The show features art that makes social or political statements, but another artist in the show complained to Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Becht about the piece, the Sun-Sentinel reported May 27. Becht then contacted guild Director Susan Buzzi, and the piece was subsequently moved to a less prominent location in the show. Buzzi said Becht reminded her that the county contributes to the guild’s annual budget.

According to the article, Becht denied that she requested the relocation and said she only placed the call to discuss the guild’s policy on displaying explicit art.

The painting, titled “Yahoo!,” is now in a corner of the guild’s gallery, 530 N.E. 13th St., Fort Lauderdale. The show runs through June 13.


6 posted on 07/22/2005 7:16:59 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

Now we know where Alfred Phillips' 'tastes' lie.


7 posted on 07/22/2005 7:17:11 PM PDT by Salamander (We're pain, we're steel, a plot of knives. We're Transmaniacon MC!)
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To: TheOtherOne
"It gives the appearance that censorship is alive and well."

Someone educate this idiot Liberal that censorship is when the government quells freedom of speech! The government had no hand in this.

And another thing: why is it that when Liberals can someone for saying something they don't like, it's "exercising their rights!" but when the same thing happens to them, it's "censorship!"?

Talk about hypocrisy.

8 posted on 07/22/2005 7:18:34 PM PDT by Prime Choice (Thanks to the Leftists, yesterday's deviants are today's "alternate lifestyles.")
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To: Salamander

Michael Friedman, the artist who complained to the county, said the painting is offensive and tasteless.

"Something snapped inside," he said. Friedman himself entered a piece depicting Pope Benedict XVI with several swastikas in the background.

"Sodomy in a public forum is not, from my perspective, considered art," he said. "I think somebody has to draw the line somewhere. I like political satire. However, that type of image ... I don't think is artistic."

The exhibit's organizers accepted the Bush painting into the show, saying there was a relevant political message, Buzzi said. The show includes about 45 pieces of art that generally make some kind of social or political statement. Another piece depicts Bush dressed as the Statue of Liberty and holding a tablet with a swastika on it. Yet another piece shows two American soldiers carrying a dead body into a car.


9 posted on 07/22/2005 7:18:48 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

where's cadmus when you need him. now there's a guy who knew from controversy.


10 posted on 07/22/2005 7:19:19 PM PDT by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: Echo Talon

Self Ping.


11 posted on 07/22/2005 7:20:15 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: TheOtherOne

HA ha...
12 posted on 07/22/2005 7:21:28 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: kcvl

Makes the CA Attorney General's 'art' look almost classy.


13 posted on 07/22/2005 7:21:41 PM PDT by TheOtherOne (I often sacrifice my spelling on the alter of speed™)
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To: TheOtherOne

They must be working with Greenpeace, who has a similar video sex smear of Bush and Blair. I expect this thread to last about 5 minutes, mine was immediately pulled, even though it needed to be posted so people can see.


14 posted on 07/22/2005 7:23:28 PM PDT by Sender (Team Infidel USA)
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To: Sender

People really don't have to see. It's just infantile stuff. Moronic. I've seen better concepts over truck stop urinals, though not in mixed media (thank god).


15 posted on 07/22/2005 7:25:30 PM PDT by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: kcvl
Yeah, that's real art, all right.

"I certainly didn't expect this," she said Friday as helpers scooped up belongings and loaded them into a waiting car.

Morons never do. Glad you got fired!

16 posted on 07/22/2005 7:26:02 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: TheOtherOne
"It gives the appearance that censorship is alive and well."

You want to see censorship? All you have to do is match the tripe coming from these leftists with the equivalent starring some of their revered icons.

Castro, Clinton(s), Kennedy, et al.? They would make great subjects for obscene art. Problem is--folks on the right have some class, and wouldn't (and shouldn't) stoop that sort of thing.

17 posted on 07/22/2005 7:28:20 PM PDT by onewhowatches
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To: TheOtherOne

Hey Buzzi. Blow it out yer butt.. Hope you stay unemployed a very long time.


18 posted on 07/22/2005 7:30:07 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: kcvl

All "liberals" should be strapped down and forced to memorize Godwin's law.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law


Sheesh.
At least be *original* in your ad hominem attacks....;))


19 posted on 07/22/2005 7:30:38 PM PDT by Salamander (We're pain, we're steel, a plot of knives. We're Transmaniacon MC!)
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To: Salamander

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law

Link went weird on me.


20 posted on 07/22/2005 7:32:10 PM PDT by Salamander (We're pain, we're steel, a plot of knives. We're Transmaniacon MC!)
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To: TheOtherOne

Skipping the art ping on this crap. Censorship, I guess.


21 posted on 07/22/2005 7:32:47 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: TheOtherOne

Vulgarity is NOT art.

Totally disgusting.


22 posted on 07/22/2005 7:35:13 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: kcvl

That's not art, it's pop art. There's a big difference.


23 posted on 07/22/2005 7:36:54 PM PDT by Eva
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To: TheOtherOne

This is not INHO "Art", but it does do a great job of displaying the intellectual level of many of the President's critics. In that sense it does serve a useful purpose.


24 posted on 07/22/2005 7:41:09 PM PDT by You Dirty Rats (WE WILL WIN WITH W)
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To: Eva

That's not even pop art, it's junior high art.


25 posted on 07/22/2005 7:41:19 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance

Nah, pop art can be anything that doesn't qualify as real art, but appeals to certain cultural groups.


26 posted on 07/22/2005 7:43:39 PM PDT by Eva
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To: TheOtherOne

Dear Ms. Buzzi:

BOO HOO BOO HOO BOO HOO BOO HOO BOO HOO BOO HOO


27 posted on 07/22/2005 7:45:29 PM PDT by G-dzilla (And oh, yeah, gAyssociated Press: Boo hoo to you, too)
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To: TheOtherOne

I guess it's the anti-President Bush art period. There was this piece of trash and the one in California with a picture of the US being flushed down the toilet and it said Tanks to Bush. If the libs are going to do this stuff they should at least show some creativity.


28 posted on 07/22/2005 7:50:43 PM PDT by sydbas
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To: kcvl
The exhibit's organizers accepted the Bush painting into the show, saying there was a relevant political message, Buzzi said. The show includes about 45 pieces of art that generally make some kind of social or political statement.

An appropriate response, from a conservative artist (is there such a thing) would be a gaggle of artists sucking the teats of an enormous Stalin while simultaneously crapping out "art." The "art" looks like nothing but there is an adoring throng of supplicant elites gathered around paying homage to the artists. That would make a political statement.

Not likely to get a showing, though.

29 posted on 07/22/2005 8:03:57 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze
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To: sydbas

Yes, that's Dubya's face. And yes, the button reads, "God hates fags."

******

Censor This!
By Jason Budjinski

Art in your eye

THU 5/26

The Broward Art Guild has never been in the business of dumbing down its exhibits to suit the overly sensitive or intellectually bankrupt. But when the guild rolls out its annual taboo-testing exhibit "Controversy," the envelope is not just pushed -- it's run through a shredder.

"The exhibit captures the pulse of the current time," Executive Director Susan Buzzi notes. "It's an exact reflection of what's going on. And it's not always pretty."

"Controversy" features works by tricounty artists who dive headfirst into the stickiest of subjects: politics, religion, sexuality, and Ronald McDonald (OK, so that last one's kinda greasy). Needless to say, Bush and Cheney are common subjects. Alfred Phillips' Yahoo! depicts the president bent over an oil barrel with a Saudi royal pumping him full of, um, you know. Other humorous jabs at Bush include Gerard Delaney's Liberty or Death? (shown left). But Dubya's not the only one on trial here; the icons of the fast-food industry are parodied in Brass' False Idols, a series of portraits (Ronald, Wendy, Colonel Sanders, and Burger King) flanked by religious imagery.

30 posted on 07/22/2005 8:40:51 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: TheOtherOne
Is Suaan Buzzi related to this Buzzi?


Ruth Buzzi - related to Susan?

31 posted on 07/22/2005 8:47:28 PM PDT by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: TheOtherOne

sick pukes!


32 posted on 07/22/2005 8:51:15 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper
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To: kcvl

Good grief. Just when you think the left can't sink any further...


33 posted on 07/22/2005 8:51:15 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic ("We must be tolerant and understanding of those trying to blow us to pieces" - Ted Kennedy & Co.)
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To: Mo1; Howlin

Check this out...


34 posted on 07/22/2005 8:55:20 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

Holy crap.


35 posted on 07/22/2005 9:04:55 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: kcvl

has anyone put the 'artist' in chair and forced him to watch gay porn? Oh it wouldnt be forcing him? I see.


36 posted on 07/22/2005 9:23:45 PM PDT by Cougar66 (If Sonny had EZ Pass, "The Godfather" would have been a completely different movie)
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To: Eva

So sorry. It is not even a well drawn cartoon.


37 posted on 07/22/2005 9:40:54 PM PDT by rock58seg (RINO"s make the Republicans MINO"s (Majority In Name Only)!)
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To: kcvl

I'm impressed and surprised the FR Mod's removed comment 2, but left your post.

I saved it and will post merely a link if it does get removed.


38 posted on 07/22/2005 10:36:45 PM PDT by TheOtherOne (I often sacrifice my spelling on the alter of speed™)
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To: rock58seg
So sorry. It is not even a well drawn cartoon.

It doesn't have to be well drawn. Pop culture is really anti-culture that is encouraged an nurtured to keep the masses in control. It feeds the anger of the masses against what they see as the oppressive higher class real culture. In other words, it's a kind of in your face object lesson from the masses to the truly cultured.

39 posted on 07/23/2005 5:54:38 AM PDT by Eva
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To: kcvl

It's pretty stupid and juvenile work, not particularly suprising or accomplished technically. Fits the anticipated template, and does nothing to "make one think." Since the show was entitled controversy, one suposes a well rendered respectful depiction of the ten commandments, or an anti abortion poster would accomplish much more along those lines. But it probably wouldn't be allowed if there is any public funding involved. Now that's "controversy".


40 posted on 07/23/2005 6:28:07 AM PDT by Kay Syrah (always remember your towel)
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To: TheOtherOne
"I certainly didn't expect this," she said Friday

The question is, "why not"?

What kind of society have we tolerated where being fired for this is not expected?

41 posted on 07/23/2005 6:29:54 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God)
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To: Eva

O.K. I'll amend that.
It isn't even a good pop cartoon.


42 posted on 07/23/2005 9:15:29 AM PDT by rock58seg (RINO"s make the Republicans MINO"s (Majority In Name Only)!)
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