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Posted at 6:51 PM ET, 12/21/2010

A letter from Bronson demanding action

By staff reports

Marc Mayer
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Canada

Dear Marc Mayer,

You have not responded to my emails.

On the basis of my moral rights under Canadian and American copyright law, I am instructing the National Gallery of Canada to remove my work "Felix, June 5, 1994" from the Hide/Seek exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., immediately, and until such time as the David Wojnarowicz video is restored in full.

Please don't stonewall me! It doesn't become you.

best regards
AA Bronson
Artistic Director
Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice.

By staff reports  | December 21, 2010; 6:51 PM ET
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This story represents museum hypocrisy at its finest. Caving in to congressional Republicans and the religious right, but a complete disregard for the legal rights of the artist. As a Canadian and a museum professional, I appreciate the National Gallery's verbal and written support of Mr. Bronson, but they need to step up to the plate.

I'm waiting for a young and hungry IP/copyright lawyer to step in and blow this out of the water. Legally and morally a landmark case for museums, artists, and the LGBT community. The Smithsonian is in need of a big public slap on the wrist for this one.

Posted by: johnnyh1note | December 22, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

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