ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A painting of five world leaders shown nude was pulled from a junior college faculty exhibit after complaints from the public.
The artist, a part-time faculty member at Anne Arundel Community College, replaced the life-size painting with a landscape the day before the show opened last month, but he said he was disappointed that he had been asked to do so.
The 8-by-8-foot oil painting, titled "Capitalism Is Dead," was meant as a political commentary, artist Josef Schuetzenhoefer said.
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Polish President Lech Walesa, Polish Cardinal Jozef Glemp, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and the late millionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes were depicted. They were shown standing on a cart with missing wheels, Schuetzenhoefer said.
Anne Arundel College administrators inspected the painting after complaints were made when it was hung Jan. 19 in the Pascal Center Art Gallery.