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Connoisseur Antiques

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Atlanta Painting Service The Painting Company Encourages Atlanta Homeowners to Seal Garage Floors -

Atlanta Painting Service The Painting Company Encourages Atlanta Homeowners to Seal Garage Floors -

    ATLANTA, GA, May 29, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Atlanta painting contractors at The Painting Company encourage Atlanta homeowners to seal porous concrete garage floors.

"When we use our garages day in and out, they can become very dirty," explains Chris Camp, owner of Atlanta painting service The Painting Company. "Oil and fluid leaks combine with exhaust fumes and road filth to make our garages less than pristine. And when your garage floor isn't properly sealed, trying to clean that accumulated grime out can be a nightmare. The Painting Company and I strongly recommend having your garage floors sealed for this reason."

Garage floor epoxy Atlanta experts The Painting Company offer full epoxy sealing for any concrete flooring that needs it. Garages are especially important to epoxy seal in order to keep automobile fluids, grime, and fumes from causing permanent disfiguring stains. Because we use our garages for more than just storing our cars, an epoxy floor coating can also help with any cleanup you might need to do, from project debris to oil and antifreeze spills.

Atlanta painters The Painting Company offer a wide selection of colored epoxies and can even create a granite finish for your Atlanta garage floor epoxy sealing. Even previous stains can be disguised or covered by The Painting Company's Atlanta painting contractors, so there is no excuse not to have your garage floor sealed.

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Painting of president underscores South Africa’s lingering racial divide - Washington Times

JOHANNESBURG — A handwritten sign that says “whites hate blacks” carried by one of more than 2,000 protesters in Johannesburg on Tuesday shows that a fierce national debate about a painting depicting the president’s genitals is about more than art and the constitution.

Mapule Kgomo, a black woman from the outskirts of Johannesburg who made the sign, said she drew her conclusion about fellow South Africans who are white after seeing the painting, titled “The Spear,” of President Jacob Zuma, who is black, made by a white South African.

“I hate whites passionately after that painting,” she added. “I’m so hurt.”

On Tuesday, a spokesman for the Goodman Gallery said it has agreed to remove images of the painting from its website. The painting itself already had been removed from the gallery after it was defaced last week.

But the passionate feelings about the painting don’t seem ready to subside. If anything, the protests and comment have been amplified because much of it is taking place on social network sites.

The debate is part of an ongoing discussion in this young democracy about whether white South Africans are insensitive and to what extent black South Africans still feel they are treated as second-class citizens even though the country is governed by Mr. Zuma’s African National Congress. The ANC led the fight against apartheid before becoming a political party.

Mr. Zuma has asked the High Court to rule that his constitutional right to dignity was violated when the gallery put the painting on display earlier this month. The gallery and artist Brett Murray argue that they are defending the constitutional right to freedom of expression.

“I am not a racist,” Mr. Murray said in an affidavit filed in the court case, which is still under way. “I do not produce art with an intention to hurt, humiliate or insult.”

Liza Essers, owner of the Goodman Gallery, said she regrets “the divisiveness that the exhibition has caused.

“It was never my intention to cause hurt to any person,” Ms. Essers said in a statement last week.

The issue is not black and white.

Black artists filed affidavits supporting Mr. Murray. And a white man and a black man entered the gallery to deface the painting, saying they were acting independently of each other and wanted to defend Mr. Zuma. The two were arrested and face trespassing charges.

Mr. Murray said in his court affidavit that the intention of his Zuma painting, part of a show that criticized the ANC, was to express a sense of betrayal that some post-apartheid leaders were greedy or corrupt. He also said details of Mr. Zuma’s sex life had become part of the public debate in South Africa.

Mr. Zuma, 70, has been married six times — he currently has four wives, as his Zulu culture allows. He has 21 children and acknowledged in 2010 that he fathered a child that year with a woman who was not among his wives.

Tuesday’s protest wound about a half mile from a usually quiet park in an upscale Johannesburg neighborhood to a corner just south of the gallery. Along the way, black women in maid’s aprons and black men in gardener’s overalls stood on the balconies of homes in the largely white residential neighborhood to cheer on the marchers.

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Gallery to take painting from website because it depicts president's genitals - The Oakland Press

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South African ruling party supporters sing during a protest in Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday May 29, 2012. The African National Congress and its alliance partners marched to the Goodman Gallery to protest against a now-defaced painting depicting President Jacob Zuma. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

The controversial portrait of South African President Jacob Zuma painted by Brett Murray stands defaced at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday May 22, 2012. Footage shown on a national news station showed a man in a suit painting a red X over the president's genital area and then his face. Next a man in a hoodie rubbed black paint over the president's face and down the painting with his hands. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

An unidentified man defaces a controversial portrait of South African President Jacob Zuma at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday May 22, 2012. Footage shown on a national news station showed a man in a suit painting a red X over the president's genital area and then his face. Next a man in a hoodie rubbed black paint over the president's face and down the painting with his hands. (AP Photo/eNews)

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A visitor to the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg holds his hands over what could be a codpiece accentuating the genitals on a painting entitled "The Spear" depicting President Jacob Zuma, by South African artist Brett Murray, Friday, May 18, 2012. South Africa's governing party said it will demand the removal of the painting from the exhibition. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The spokesman for a Johannesburg gallery says it has agreed to remove from its website a painting that depicts the South African president's genitals.

The announcement came as 2,000 protesters for the African National Congress marched to the gallery Tuesday to demonstrate against the painting.

Gallery spokesman Neil Dundas says he told an ANC delegation that the painting will be taken down from the website after Tuesday. The concession comes after vandals defaced the painting last week, leading the Goodman Gallery to remove it from the show.

President Jacob Zuma is asking the High Court to issue an order that the display of the now-defaced painting violated his constitutional right to dignity.

"The Spear" by Brett Murray went on display at the Goodman, one of the country's leading galleries, early this month.

The gallery has been closed, news outlets reported, and its website was unavailable Tuesday morning. The Zig Zagger blog reported that the painting is a satirical work depicting Jacob Zuma in the pose of Lenin, except that it exposes his genitals. Zig Zagger also says the painting had been sold for £10,300 to a German citizen.


    Painting recalls the days of Faustiana glory - Patriot Ledger

    A bit of Maryville's storied horse-breeding past returned home last week when former residents Steve and Joyce Piveral, now retired to Gilbert, Ariz., donated a painting of Oak Hill Chief to the Nodaway County Historical Society Museum.

    Oak Hill Chief was a magnificent spotted chestnut gelding sired in 1935 at Faustiana Farm on the western edge of Maryville. Trained by the legendary Lester Swaney, the horse won the five-gaited American Saddlebred World Grand Championship in 1943, 1945 and 1946.

    Swaney died this spring at age 97, and left instructions to Steve Piveral, his nephew, that the painting was to be donated to the museum. The image was rendered in oil from a photograph by Kansas City artist Sally McClure Jackson.

    During a brief ceremony at the museum on Friday, the Piverals presented the painting to the society's Tom Carneal.

    Born in Hopkins in 1915, Swaney first worked with saddlebreds at age 12, when he was a groom for J.H. "Jim" Tapp, a well-known trainer.

    In 1938 he struck out on his own and opened a training stable in Lincoln, Neb., where he started encountering horses from Maryville's Faustiana Farm, which was owned by Ferdinand M. "Ferd" Townsend, a wealthy businessman who had founded a successful grocery store chain.

    Townsend soon hired the young trainer, who returned to Nodaway County and spent the next 30 years managing Faustiana and raising champions. Oak Hill Chief, which Swaney at one time owned and showed as a junior gaited horse under the name "Bambino," was one of the first.

    As the horse developed into a world-class competitor, Swaney sold the animal, which, under a somewhat grander name, went on to make show ring history.

    According to documents preserved by the Historical Society, Swaney expanded the Faustiana operation during the 1940s and '50s to include breeding, showing and selling horses as well as training them. Other notable animals produced there included Autumn Serenade, Supreme Moment and Dream Date.

    In addition to saddlebreds, the farm also handled standardbreds and Percherons, a powerful draft horse originally bred in France.
    Standardbred horses are frequently used for harness racing, and in 1958 Swaney raced the pacer McPhergus to more heat wins than any harness horse in the United States.

    Swaney's equine career, along with the future of Faustiana Farm, was truncated when a standardbred horse fell on him in 1964.

    Seriously injured, he was forced to stop riding and training but continued to manage the operation until it was sold in 1970. He found a second career as a farm agent with Jackson Insurance, where he worked for 16 years.

    The farm was eventually split into residential lots that now comprise Maryville's Faustiana Subdivision.  

    After retirement, Swaney continued to live in Maryville with his wife, Leola, who died in 2010. He was long active in numerous civic organizations, including the Historical Society, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Men's Forum.


    Protest against Zuma 'penis painting' in South Africa - Modern Ghana

    JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - About 1,000 supporters of South Africa's ruling ANC marched on an art gallery Tuesday to protest a painting depicting President Jacob Zuma's genitals.

    The African National Congress which mobilised the protest against one of the most controversial artworks in the country's post-apartheid history, said the gallery has agreed to pull the painting from its website.

    Decked out in the black, green and gold of the ANC, they marched about two kilometres (1.2 miles) along one of the city's busiest roads to the gallery in the upmarket neighbourhood of Parkwood, where riot police formed a barrier between them and the gallery.

    "The Goodman Gallery has agreed to remove the painting from the website," ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told protesters.

    The row erupted when the gallery put up a collection of works by satirical artist Brett Murray taking a harsh look at the ANC.

    But the piece that sparked the greatest outrage was the painting of Zuma mimicking a pose by Vladimir Lenin in a Soviet-era propaganda poster -- but with his penis exposed.

    Critics branded it racist and a violation of Zuma's right to dignity, arguing it is deeply offensive in African culture to expose an elder's genitals.

    The ANC claimed victory after two vandals last Tuesday smeared the work with red and black paint, prompting the gallery to pull it from its walls.

    The saga surrounding the painting appeared not only to underline some racial tensions and cultural misunderstanding, but also worked to galvanise support for Zuma, analysts said.

    "One should not forget that South Africa is a conservative society, despite our liberal constitution. A painting like this could offend people of all races," said Olmo von Meijenfeldt, an analyst with the Institute for Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA).

    Frans Cronje of South African Institute of Race Relations, said although there was nothing racial about the painting, the reaction by the ANC which could be attributed to "huge" cultural misunderstanding, "does seem to underline racial tension."

    Two women protestors held a sign that read: "Whites hate blacks" and "Whites are rude".

    Mantashe hailed one of the vandals of the painting -- who was on stage with him Tuesday dressed in a black hoodie -- as a hero who "covered" Zuma's shame.

    The gallery, which was closed last week, had on Tuesday taken down all materials from the exhibition.

    "Goodman Gallery respect your right to protest," read a sign posted on the gallery's shop windows in big capital letters.

    Protesters sported T-shirts with messages such as "President has the right to human dignity and privacy" and "We say no to abuse of artistic expression".

    Meijenfeldt said the outcry sparked by the painting could hand Zuma some points among his loyalists.

    "Victim is a strong political strategy. I think he (Zuma) is using it to rally support behind him," said the analyst.

    The ANC had also applied for an injunction compelling the gallery and Sunday newspaper City Press to remove all public images of the work.

    City Press had covered the painting in an art review, but on Monday gave in to pressure to remove an image of it from the newspaper's website, following calls to boycott the paper.

    Mantashe on Tuesday said ANC supporters could buy the paper again.

    "You can also buy the City Press now, just not last week's copy," he said.


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