KVOA Tucson News-Local artist, veteran pressured to take down ‘Trump’ artwork
TUCSON –One local artist and Army veteran is upset after he was allegedly pressured to take down his artwork because it bears the name of President-elect Donald Trump.
Neil Bernstein presented a collection at Espresso Art Café Friday evening. The artwork, which featured backwards American flags with ‘Trump’ emblazoned on them, was all done by disabled veterans.
“We made the flags, myself and another veteran, as a metaphor for the distress that all of us are experiencing right now on all sides,” Bernstein said.
Bernstein hoped the art would start a conversation on how divided the country is. But things took a turn for the worse after the flags were displayed in the café.
“People began protesting to the owner, demanding the ‘Trump’ name be covered up or the works would be torn down,” he said.
Bernstein said he has received numerous messages from the business owner demanding he take the pieces down, despite the fact that the exhibition isn’t supposed to be over.
He’s upset, but said he’ll take them down and display them somewhere else.
“The issuance of an order, a demand to either remove President Trump’s name, or to take the works down, or have them destroyed, is unacceptable,” he said.
News 4 Tucson reached out to the owner of the café. He said he had no comment on the matter.