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Sexist or Art?

November 14, 2014

 

"The Triumph of Civic Virtue" by Frederick MacMonnies has sparked many controversies in Queens. The statue depicting a nude male standing on top of several female figures, who are "allegories of vice." The most notable opposer is Democratic representative Anthony Weiner. He wrote to commissioner Edna Wells Handy, "It's time to get rid of Civic Virtue. Not the ideal, the statue. It's sexist. It's ugly. It's time for it to go." Many people have been documented as being "uncomfortable" with the 20 foot statue. So, when does the statue go from art to sexism?

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