The Bay Area is full of artistic hypocrisy this month. On one side of the San Francisco Bay, two commissions by artist Tom Otterness are on hold because of a tasteless art video he did in the 1970s, and on the other side of the same bay, a Palestinian children’s art show is cancelled because it pisses off a small faction of right-wing political activists.
So, what’s the takeaway in this? We can’t forgive an artist who was never charged with a crime and has apologized for the death of a dog, but we look the other way when children are trying to communicate the suffering they continue to endure at the hands of a foreign government?
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