Herberger Protest Today; Artist and Curator Withdraw from Exhibitions
Austin says that she had requested to see all images from all of the artists multiple times. Her emails to the individual artists show that when she sent them contracts to sign she did request all images be sent to her as JPGs, along with title information and prices. But she didn't mention that they'd be reviewed for content. She wrote that the images would be added to Herberger's website. She told us via email that none of the artists sent her all of their images.
The Visitation by Suzanne Falk was set to appear in "Prime Example"
Pela was copied on those messages, but according to the email conversations that he sent us Austin never directly requested that Pela send all of the images for the show to her by a certain date. Again, content of the artwork was not discussed.
Since the cancellation, Herberger has received negative feedback from the public, including a group of Phoenix artists planning to protest the cancellation of "Prime Example" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 5. Participants are encouraged to bring signs, as the group will picket outside Herberger Theater Center.
Other members of the visual arts community have reacted by distancing themselves and their work from Herberger. Surrealist artist Jason Hugger withdrew three paintings from Herberger's October exhibition, "Nocturne," because of the show's cancellation.
"If they're going to do that, then I don't want to participate in it," Hugger says. "What they did was ludicrous and unprofessional. And I just feel I don't want to work with them."
In light of recent events, Diane Di Bernardino Sanborn withdrew as curator of Herberger's upcoming exhibition, "Balance."
And Pela has announced that he will relocated "Prime Example" to his gallery, R. Pela Contemporary Art, in March 2014. The name? "BANNED BY THE HERBERGER!"