Sprig (painting)

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Date: 1997

Region: North America

Subject: Nudity

Medium: Painting


Artist: Jane Sutherland

Confronting Bodies: Director of the Conference Center

Date of Action: 1997

Location: conference center in Fairfield, Connecticut

Description of Artwork: The painting that the director of the conference center moved out of the gallery was of the artist's dog, Sprig. The artist painted Sprig in his natural state including his genitalia.

The Incident: After an employee of the Bayer corporation commented that the painting was distracting, the director of the conference center decided to remove the painting from the exhibition. The director placed the painting in his office.

Results of Incident: The artist contacted the local media to report the incident. After receiving publicity in Connecticut newspapers and the New York Daily News, the Bayer Corporation asked the director of the conference center to return the painting to the exhibition.

Source: American Artist Magazine