Nude Bush sells quickly

January 23, 1992|By Greg Tasker

Royd Smith should have been identified as a former Frederic County delegate in an article yesterday about the sale of a controversial painting at a Frederick arts center.

The Sun regrets the error.

A controversial oil painting that depicts President Bush and other public personalities in the nude was sold yesterday to a buyer who wishes to remain anonymous.

The anti-war painting, called "A Peace Treaty and the New World Order," was sold for the $4,000 asking price, but will remain on display at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick through Feb. 21, said Melinda Wimer, executive director.


"The buyer wishes to remain anonymous," Ms. Wimer said. "I can assure you the buyer would not want to make a comment at this time."

Ms. Wimer said she was not surprised the work sold so quickly, adding that the publicity helped.

The buyer's was one of three inquiries the arts center received about the painting by Austrian artist Josef Schutzenhofer, who, Ms. Wimer predicted, would someday achieve "international acclaim."

Mr. Bush is surrounded in the painting by entertainer Dolly Parton, who is nude; Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, partially clad in a military breastplate but naked below the waist, and Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., wearing a breast plate and red briefs.

General Schwarzkopf's foot rests on a kneeling Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

The 6-by-8-foot painting caused an uproar before it even went on display Saturday.

The county's legislative delegation, responding to public outcry, has delayed introducing a bond bill that would provide $500,000 in matching dollars for the center to renovate a nearby mill as a permanent home for exhibits and programs. Lawmakers said they are uncertain about the bill's future.

"We have been overwhelmed by the controversy," said Del. Royd R. Smith, D-Frederick. "Everybody is talking about it. It's either pornography or it's the best thing that has ever happened to the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center."

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