Artist: Pat Oleszko|
Confronting Bodies: Tom Steele, president of the board of the Artists Alliance of East Hampton.
Date of Action: July, 2007
Specific Location: East Hampton, New York
Description of Artwork: A performance piece in which an actor dressed in a costume of President George W. Bush was to be stripped naked and covered in red, white, and blue paint.
Steele's reasoning for the cut was in the interests of those who paid. He believes that a piece relying on shock value should not have been sprung upon them without notice. He offered to reschedule and place warnings on the new flyers, but Oleszko refused. Oleszko said her defense was a matter of principles. She was doing the piece as a favor to someone on the board and would barely cover her expenses.
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