Confederate Flag Painting Booted From Georgia Exhibit

Website labels painting by Stanley Bermudez 'despicable'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 4, 2011 12:08 PM CST
The Confederate flag.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Confederate flag painting has been removed from a Georgia college's gallery following a public outcry, Gawker reports. Heritage?, which features the flag decorated with images of a lynching and a Klansman, was displayed at a Gainesville State University campus gallery until the administration called for its removal. University faculty member Stanley Bermudez says he painted "what comes to his mind when he thinks of the Confederate flag." But a "Southern heritage" website called the work "despicable" and called on visitors to complain, notes the Gainesville Times.

“I tell my students that they may come across art that they don't like—they may even hate it and that's OK,” said Bermudez. “If you don't like the way something looks, you don't have to look at it.” Click through to Gawker to see the painting.

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