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    SF GALLERY OWNER BECOMES TARGET AFTER SHOWCASING PAINTING OF IRAQI PRISONER ABUSE Lisa Leef, Associated Press, 5/29/04
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      SF GALLERY OWNER BECOMES TARGET AFTER
      SHOWCASING PAINTING OF IRAQI PRISONER ABUSE
      Lisa Leef, Associated Press, 5/29/04
      http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?
      file=/news/archive/2004/05/29/state1749EDT0067.DTL


      SAN FRANCISCO - After displaying a painting of U.S. soldiers
      torturing Iraqi prisoners, a San Francisco gallery owner bears a
      painful reminder of the nation's unresolved anguish over the
      incidents at Abu Ghraib -- a black eye and bloodied brow delivered by
      an unknown assailant who apparently objected to the art work.

      The assault outside the Capobianco gallery in the city's North Beach
      district Thursday night was the worst, but only the latest in a
      string of verbal and physical attacks that have been directed at
      owner Lori Haigh since the painting, titled "Abuse," was installed
      there on May 16.

      Last Wednesday, concerned for the safety of her two children, ages 14
      and 4, who often accompanied her to work, Haigh decided to close the
      gallery indefinitely.

      Painted by Berkeley artist Guy Colwell, "Abuse," the painting at the
      center of the controversy, depicts three U.S. soldiers leering at a
      group of naked men in hoods with wires connected to their bodies. The
      one in the foreground has a blood-spattered American flag patch on
      his uniform. In the background, a soldier in sunglasses guards a
      blindfolded woman.

      The painting was part of a larger show of Colwell's work that mostly
      featured pastel-colored abstracts.

      Two days after the painting went up in a front window, someone threw
      eggs and dumped trash on the doorstep. Haigh said she didn't think to
      connect it to the black-and-white interpretation of the events at
      Baghdad's notorious prison until people started leaving nasty
      messages and threats on her business answering machine.

      "I think you need to get your gallery out of this neighborhood before
      you get hurt," one caller saidÂ…

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