Amid public outcry, the Arts Commission terminated a $750,000 Central Subway art contract with controversial dog-killing artist Tom Otterness on Tuesday.
Otterness was selected by the Arts Commission earlier this year to install 59 bronze sculptures in the Moscone station of the proposed Central Subway project, but that was before The San Francisco Examiner reported Otterness’ past work in which he shot a dog for a film he claimed was a piece of art. Read More
Brooklyn sculpture artist Tom Otterness shot and killed a dog on film and called it art in 1977 when he was 25 years old. But that act, which he has apologized for throughout years, continues to haunt his successful career and ignites debates whenever he is selected for public art commissions. Read More
The City may terminate $1.4 million in art contracts with Brooklyn artist Tom Otterness on Wednesday after revelations that he shot and killed a dog on film and called it art sparked outrage in San Francisco.
But if The City does so, it could have to eat $365,750 in payments it has already made to Otterness.
San Francisco’s Arts Commission, which is in charge of publicly funded art projects, will hold a Wednesday meeting to vote on whether to rescind the contracts. Read More
The San Francisco Animal Control and Welfare Commission will vote Thursday on whether to send a letter to Mayor Ed Lee, the Arts Commission and the Board of Supervisors asking them to rescind the two art contracts with artist Tom Otterness. Read More
It boggles the mind that officials in a city named for St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, would award $1.45 million in public art commissions to a man who once filmed a dog murder and called it art.
Yes, Tom Otterness has apologized numerous times, but that stain will remain with him forever. Read More
A Brooklyn artist who has sparked outrage for killing a dog for a film received two other commissions from The City in addition to the $750,000 Central Subway contract he was awarded in June. Read More
Pressure is mounting for The City to terminate the $750,000 art contract with a Brooklyn, N.Y., artist who killed a dog for a film.A petition drive was started by one mayoral candidate calling for the contract’s termination and Mayor Ed Lee has told the Arts Commission to re-examine the approval. The contract with artist Tom Otterness was called into question following an article in The San Francisco Examiner’s Friday edition. Read More
Brooklyn artist Tom Otterness has found himself once again answering for killing a dog on film and calling it art back in 1977. Read More
State senator and mayoral candidate Leland Yee has launched a petition drive to convince Mayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to rescind the contract awarded to Brooklyn artist Tom Otterness. Read More
The Arts Commission’s selection of a Brooklyn artist for a $750,000 contract for Central Subway art has drawn criticism because the artist shot a dog in 1977 on film and called it art. But there’s another reason why the selection isn’t drawing praise. He’s a Brooklyn-based artist. Read More