‘Bean’ artist stands off against NRA – Consumer News

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13 March 2018 | 6:41 pm

‘Bean’ artist and its commercial copyright owner Anish Kapoor confronted the National Rifle Association today in an open letter, saying he is “disgusted” to see his work used by the group to promote what he calls its “vile” message.

Last year the NRA released a video ad called “The Clenched Fist of Truth.” The India-born British sculptor Kapoor’s work “Cloud Gate” appeared as a symbol for Chicago and former President Barack Obama, with spokesperson Dana Loesch saying: “They use their ex-president to endorse the resistance.”

Kapoor said the advertisement used the image of Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park without his consent. The artwork is informally known as “the Bean.”

“The NRA’s nightmarish, intolerant, divisive vision perverts everything that Cloud Gate—and America—stands for,” Kapoor wrote. (Read the letter below.)

The letter was first published by visual-arts magazine ARTNews; gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety provided the letter to Crain’s.


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