Zimmerman's New Painting Swings at Prosecutor

Portrait of Angela Corey not exactly a compliment
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2014 6:03 AM CST
"Angie."   (@rzimmermanjr / Twitter)
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(Newser) – The artist George Zimmerman has unveiled his latest painting: a fire engine-red portrait of the special prosecutor who brought second-degree murder charges against him in the Trayvon Martin case. The painting is a re-creation of the very moment Angela Corey made her April 2012 announcement of those charges, reports the New York Daily News. But the artist took one tiny creative liberty: She's shown pinching her fingers together, and this text appears in the upper right: "I have this much respect for the American Judicial System."

The painting was debuted to the world via his brother Robert's Twitter feed last night, along with the following: "Very proud to introduce @TherealGeorgeZ's latest...'Angie'. Sale info & details available tomorrow." But the Wire introduces an interesting wrinkle: The painting is essentially identical to an AP photo of the moment taken by Rick Wilson, or so @CallsforJustice pointed out, accusing Zimmerman of plagiarizing, tracing, and photoshopping the AP photo—which AP could have an issue with, if history is any indicator. Shepard Fairey, famed for using an AP photo as the basis for his famed HOPE poster, ended up settling his civil case with the AP for $1.6 million. Unlike Fairey, Zimmerman probably won't make millions off this painting, though: His blue flag painting went for $100,099.99 on eBay last month.

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