Art black-out. Black curtains obscure entry to the room that contains what remains of Paul Yore’s controversial contribution to the Like Mike: Now What??? exhibition at The Linden Gallery, hanging in stark contrast to surrounding colourful and eclectic works.
A small sign attached to the curtain offers advice the Linden Centre is awaiting classification for the work from the Australian Classification Board following the removal of sections of Yore’s installation, Everything is F-cked, by police.
The gallery has also hired a security guard to prevent visitors from taking photos and “so the exhibition can continue to be viewed and enjoyed in an orderly way,” according to a media release from the gallery.
Geoff Newton, co-curator of the exhibition, says the gallery has not properly communicated with the artist. “I think it’s too late for them to stay safe in the wake of what happened. In my mind they’ve truly harmed Paul’s relationship to the public, his reputation as an artist. Linden, by doing nothing, has kind of sided with the censorship in the beginning, whereas any other gallery in my view would have defended the work fiercely from the outset and they would have communicated with Paul,” Newton said.
Sue Foley, chairwoman of the gallery’s board, did not want to go into detail about the gallery’s plans but said: “It has been a very difficult time, but we’re working through it. The gallery has reopened, which we’re happy about, and we’ll keep people informed.”
Despite the controversy the gallery has continued to advertise the exhibition on its website and hasn’t removed Yore’s name from its online description. — Joanna Robin
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