National Gallery Visitor Attacks Gauguin Painting

Screaming “This is evil,” a woman tried to pull Gauguin’s “Two Tahitian Women” from a gallery wall Friday and banged on the picture’s clear plastic covering, said Pamela Degotardi of New York, who was there.

“She was really pounding it with her fists,” Degotardi said. “It was like this weird surreal scene that one doesn’t expect at the National Gallery.”

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Do we expect it at any gallery?

Maybe we should have a venue that displays art where people can come and exercise their deep social anxiety by destroying the art. It only makes sense that in times of so little to truly worry about, that we turn our accusing fingers to the expressive work that others have done. Why, who needs it in a perfect democracy anyway?

The gallery could probably get a grant from the R.I.A.A. It could even be a “green space” by burning books for heat. The gallery could also pass out pitch forks and torches at the door and every first Friday lay out selected works on the floor for a literal art walk.

-Stay Tuned

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