From the San Francisco Chronicle:
The painting was part of a larger show of Colwell’s work that mostly featured pastel-colored abstracts.
Two days after the painting went up in a front window, someone threw eggs and dumped trash on the doorstep. Haigh said she didn’t think to connect it to the black-and-white interpretation of the events at Baghdad’s notorious prison until people started leaving nasty messages and threats on her business answering machine.
“I think you need to get your gallery out of this neighborhood before you get hurt,” one caller said.
Even after she removed the painting from the window, the criticism continued thanks to news coverage about the gallery’s troubles. The answering machine recorded new calls from people accusing her of being a coward for taking the picture down. Last weekend, a man walked into the gallery, pretended to scrutinize the art work for a moment, then marched up to Haigh’s desk and spat directly in her face.
It’s disgusting how much some people hate free speech. How much some people hate, period.