Zuma painting defaced at Goodman Gallery

2012-05-22 11:19
The controversial painting The Spear was defaced by two men at the Goodman Gallery. (Dale Mullany via Twitter)

The controversial painting The Spear was defaced by two men at the Goodman Gallery. (Dale Mullany via Twitter)

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Johannesburg - The controversial painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed was defaced by two men at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

One suspect painted a red cross across Zuma's face and genitals while the younger man spread black paint across the artwork.

BBC correspondent Andrew Harding tweeted, "Zuma picture smeared with black paint. Man who did it tells me "picture was offensive." gallery guard assaults him. 2nd man arrested too."

A private security company was guarding the painting at the gallery when the incident happened.

The suspects were arrested and taken to Rosebank police station.

Cape Town artist Brett Murray earlier said his artwork was never meant to hurt anyone but an "attempt at humorous satire of political power and patriarchy within the context of other artworks in the exhibition and within the broader context of South African discourse".

The ANC approached the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday to try and stop the gallery from displaying the 1.85m-high painting titled The Spear, and City Press from carrying a photo of it on its website.

The painting is part of Cape Town artist Brett Murray's Hail to the Thief II exhibition at the gallery.

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