Artist featured during Wexner Center incident displays vandalized work.
A recent low-profile New York City exhibition had special significance in Columbus. Rachel Harrison, an artist whose work was featured at the Wexner Center for the Arts during a November headline-grabbing vandalism incident, quietly opened a show in June at the Greene Naftali Gallery in New York that featured her pieces that were vandalized in the Columbus incident. Harrison's show marks the first public disclosure of damaged art from the rampage.
Why did Harrison put the pieces on display, including a drawing of Al Pacino with a bullet hole just above an eye and a caricature of the late singer Amy Winehouse with a swath of black spray paint across it? Harrison isn't saying. "She wants the work to speak for itself," says a representative from Greene Naftali. (Harrison declined to be interviewed for this article or allow Columbus Monthly to reproduce photos of the damaged art.)
Ohio State officials have cited a trade secret exemption for their refusal to disclose more details about the damaged art, caused by former Wexner Center security guard Dean Sturgis, who spray painted and shot about 30 pieces before killing himself. "It has always been the respective owners' right to disclose whatever they wish," says Wexner Center director Sherri Geldin in an email. "That said, the Wex and the university remain legally bound by trade secret protections."