TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Lawrence artist is calling 'censorship' over the removal of his image depicting Gov. Sam Brownback from a downtown Topeka restaurant.
Dave Loewenstein's print of Brownback surrounded by flames was part of an exhibit at Blue Planet Cafe. On his blog, Loewenstein says he received an email from Greg Ready informing him the image was taken down.
Ready is co-owner of Gizmo Pictures, located upstairs from Blue Planet.
In his email, Ready says he made the decision out of respect for Brownback's daughter, Liz, who works at Gizmo. Ready says Liz Brownback did not request the action, but they did not feel she should be subjected to an image of her father in flames at her workplace.
Loewenstein's blog encourages people to contact ready about the removal.
Complete email from Greg Ready posted by Dave Loewenstein:
This is Greg Ready. I'm not sure if we have met or not, but I am part owner of Gizmo Pictures and the Thacher building where your artwork is being displayed in the Blue Planet Cafe. We have chosen to take down the picture of Sam Brownback burning out of respect to his daughter Liz, who works for us. This decision has nothing to do with politics or our belief in your freedom of speech through art. Liz is a valued employee and friend to us and I (we) felt strongly against subjecting her to having to look at a picture of her father burning at her place of employment. It should also be noted that this decision was made by me, with the backing of my business partner Jeff, and not at the request of Liz.
I hope you will understand. If you wish to discuss this further, feel free to call either phone number listed below, e-mail or drop by my office at Gizmo (upstairs from the Blue Planet).