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Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Two-Minute Hate Cancels Winston Smith Show

A less informative headline for this article, to be sure, but one which captures the truly Orwellian nature of it. The actual headline of the article is:

SF gallery owner becomes target after showcasing painting of Iraqi prisoner abuse

A San Francisco art gallery owner was threatened and then actually beaten, apparently because she displayed a painting titled "Abuse," by Berkeley artist Guy Colwell, which depicts the abuse of Iraqis by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib. The owner has closed the gallery. The further Orwellian connection?
In closing the gallery, Haigh was forced to cancel an upcoming show featuring counterculture artist Winston Smith.
If you haven't read 1984 recently, I'll remind you: Winston Smith is the name of the protagonist of that dystopian novel whose job it is to rewrite history to match current politics.