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Art Critics Hammer Home Point On ‘White’ Jackson Painting

November 30, 1989 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) _ An large outdoor painting of Jesse Jackson as a white man - entitled ″How Do You Like Me Now?″ - drew an immediate response Wednesday from a half dozen passers by.

They didn’t like it at all.

So they knocked it down with a sledge hammer.

″They really were offended very deeply,″ Philip Brookman, director of programming for the Washington Project for the Arts, told The Washington Post.

″I understand the way people can really misread it - I think that’s part of why it’s such an interesting work.″

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On Wednesday evening, most of the 14-foot-square work, painted on tin, was in pieces, while just the figure’s blond hair, forehead and part of the eyes and ears still hung near a subway stop.

The painting was the work of David Hammons, whom Brookman described as ″an extremely important and well-known artist in the black community.″