Art and #BlackLives Matter

Clay returns controversial painting to Capitol wall, another Republican removes it | Political Fix | – Was it still up, Engelhardt was asked at 2:05 p.m. ET? “As of five minutes ago, it was,” Engehlardt told the Post-Dispatch. Clay also tried to file theft charges against Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who originally removed the painting on Friday, although Capitol Police had not indicated to him late Tuesday morning whether they will follow through with Clay’s complaint. In other words, PaintGate is still a work in progress. A spokesperson for Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., a former sheriff’s deputy, said he planned to ask the Architect of the Capitol whether the painting by former St. Louis high school student David Pulphus violated rules against art that was “‘the subject of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature.” “We are working on a letter addressed to the Architect of the Capitol,” Reichert spokeswoman Breanna Deutsch told the Post-Dispatch. “We are asking the Architect of the Capitol to review the painting in question and to make a decision about whether or not it should be hanging in the halls of the Capitol according to the rules explained in the guidelines.”

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