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On the Huffington Post, Mira Schor writes about a disturbing reaction by the Gagosian Gallery — and the NYPD — at a silent “protest” at the gallery’s 24th Street space last week:

News flash: either the staff of Gagosian Gallery hasn’t been keeping up with the recent controversy over the removal of David Wojnarowicz’s video “Fire in My Belly” from the exhibition Hide/Seek at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian, including the spectacle of another peaceful art activist being ejected and “banned for life” from the Smithsonian for quietly showing David Wojnarowicz’s video on his ipad, or the Nostalgie de la Third Reich atmosphere of Anselm Kiefer’s show Next Year in Jerusalem had rubbed off on them when on December 18th they reacted to a few activists whose activism consisted of standing around in black T-shirts with “Next Year in Jerusalem” printed on them in English, Hebrew, and Arabic, taking pictures of themselves in front of the work, & quietly answering questions by having NYPD officers forcibly eject them from the gallery.

She goes on to tear apart Kiefer’s “polit-kitsch.” Which, in my opinion, is more than justified.

One small correction, the Smithsonian activist were not banned for life — which was originally reported by all major news outlets — but for only 12 months.

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One reply on “Mira Schor: Gagosian Gallery Pulls a Smithsonian”

  1. Did someone make the mistake of thinking that Gagosian, Dietch, etc… were REALLY interested in dialogue and art.. and even humanity more than they were in money? How foolish.

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