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German Art Show Pulls 'I Like America' Display

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One of Europe's biggest publishers is donating space for a presentation of contemporary video art — but it has pulled a commissioned piece by an American, because it was considered anti-American.

"I Like America and America Likes Me," the title of a 1974 presentation in New York by German artist Joseph Beuys, is the inspiration for a video work based on that phrase.

The apparent reason for the withdrawal is fear that the general public may not understand the nuances of the piece and could possibly be incited to do something bad.

The video shows a man writing "I Like America and America Likes Me" on a wall. The first "America" is in the colors of the U.S. flag; the second is in the colors of the German flag. At the end, the words are lit on fire.



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