Che Guevara-Inspired Artwork at W South Beach Taken Down

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Artwork by Turk similar to that displayed on The W
The almost seven-foot artwork hanging on the walls at the W South Beach wasn't quite of Che Guevara, but it looked enough like the infamous infamous Marxist rebel to piss off local Cubans.

"Dude, it's Che Guevara," an anonymous Cuban who does business with the hotel told the Miami Herald. "This is Miami. You don't do stuff like this."

The W had only recently put the portrait on display, but it soon began to get negative feedback. The piece, which is part of one of the owner's private collections, isn't a replica of Jim Fitzpatrick's infamous pop art-inspired portrait, but rather a riff on the image by British artist Gavin Turk. Turk dressed up like Che himself and processed the photo to look like the original. The artist's website makes it clear he's not necessarily honoring the Cuban revolutionary figure, but rather commenting on the iconography of the image.

His website says he was interested in "how images and symbols are reduced to cliché through reproduction and repetition. Turk's Guevara is transformed into a Warholian screen print, where the formerly rebellious is re-appropriated as cliché."

So in a sense Turk's work is complaining about how the image has infiltrated pop culture and found it self on dorm room posters and t-shirts even though people don't know the full story of the man in the image.

Which, funnily enough, is the exact same thing that many Cuban Americans complain about it as well.

Though, the point seemed to be lost on some.

"He was a mass murderer, killed thousands of Cubans execution-style," Gus Exposito, 51, angrily emailed the Herald. "I spoke to the manager and he referred to it as art!"

Others had more of a sense of humor about it.

"This is a big picture of communist revolutionary hanging in a hotel that charges $900 a night for a single room," another person angry at the portrait told the Herald. "Che woulda burned this place down."

Whatever the case, the W has decided to advert further controversy and has taken the portrait down.

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Bigdic
Bigdic

Che was a fucking fraud. The guy never ever went into battle the chicken shit. All his pictures should be taken down & burned along with his bullshit reputation.

googulandia
googulandia

The art depicted is BAD, and Che was a BAD person: Bad Art + Bad Person = Miami New Times material. Let's hang a picture of somebody who wasn't exactly Hitler, but bad enough: James Earl Ray... well, get it now? Che is the James Earl Ray of the Cubans... 

mf82_2002
mf82_2002

Good, and shame on whoever puts up posters of a mass murderer in the first place.

That's not someone to idolize.

Jimbo77
Jimbo77

I think its just fare for a cuban community that live here in south florida.

Alex Hernandez
Alex Hernandez

Of course. And that's why the local exile community is NOTING like the regime back on the island. Oh the irony.

Bill Brock
Bill Brock

From the article that so few here have read ... ***His website says he was interested in "how images and symbols are reduced to cliché through reproduction and repetition. Turk's Guevara is transformed into a Warholian screen print, where the formerly rebellious is re-appropriated as cliché." So in a sense Turk's work is complaining about how the image has infiltrated pop culture and found it self on dorm room posters and t-shirts even though people don't know the full story of the man in the image.***

hellokitty3412
hellokitty3412

The same can be said of you guys grandulon...Cubans come here to be loud why didn't you all do this in Cuba and stand up to Fidel there? The freaking. Egyptians have more balls than you guys.

Betty Perez
Betty Perez

It doesn't really matter that its not officially Che. It would be the same as hiring an actor to dress up as Hitler. As a business they have to be very careful and remember their market and where they're positioned. If it were to stay up, people would assume its ok to put up a pic of a murdering coward. It's not ok. Go dress up as Jeffrey Dahmer and take a pic of yourself and put it up in your house.

GoAway
GoAway

Jesus Cubans are the 21st Century versions of African-Americans and slavery. They will never let this shit go. The US should just invade Cuba and deport them all back, and I am a Hispanic saying this.

Bill Brock
Bill Brock

Che is like Hitler? Hitler - the man who organized the systematic extermination of 6 million Jews, and six million non-catholics? GROW THE FUCK UP!

Bill Brock
Bill Brock

Marlene, read the article - ITS NOT CHE. Gawd I love the ignorant knee jerking here. Did anyone actually read the article?

Marlene Morfi
Marlene Morfi

Che was a murderer. Know your audience is right! Glad they took it down. It was a slap in the face to the many Cubans and Cuban Americans that live here and know the real story. It is like putting a poster of Hitler in a Jewish temple. Same deal and if you disagree with me, go ask a Cuban or a Cuban Americans (especially the ones who came to Miami in the 50s and 60s) who left because of Communism- not because they don't have food- which is a product of Communism.

Bill Brock
Bill Brock

Jose, you quite obviously didn't read the friggin article. ITS NOT CHE.

Humberto Troitino
Humberto Troitino

Why not keep it up? It's not like those Cuban exiles know shit about politics anyway! Hialeah: 5th worst run municipal government in the country!

Jose Antonio Navarro
Jose Antonio Navarro

Its not only to potential clientele that could be offended but employees as well. The W isn't a political campaign nor do they do any political work so their employees shouldn't be subject to any harsh/dramatic political statements with their art work on display

Bill Brock
Bill Brock

Hahaha. It's not even a picture of Che, yet the usual knee jerk from the imbecile elements exilio Miami. There's supposedly no free speech in Cuba, so, lets do the same in Miami-Dade. The cheers from "freedom loving" exilio Miami... "we are more like Castro's Cuba every day". Same story as always.

Eli Campos
Eli Campos

What a slap in the face to have that murder's portrait hanging on the wall of a hotel in Miami Beach!! Good riddance they took it down

Susy Jimenez
Susy Jimenez

Thank you for taking it down. I was gonna do it myself. Comemierda

Susy Jimenez
Susy Jimenez

WTF. The genius person who made the final decision to put this piece of shyte up in MIAMI (where most non-communist cubans reside) is just as ignorant and asinine as the picture itself. Keep it up, geniuses.

Danny Diaz
Danny Diaz

People complain but for example they still buy products made from China who oppress and violate human rights under a communist regime. Double standard? You bet your ass!!!

Sergio Michel
Sergio Michel

Good. We don't need that murdering pussy littering the walls of anything in the USA.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Nobody rolls into town and direspects me! Not Snake Plissken, not nobody! Bolas!

jlavito
jlavito

i would be curious to know 'the whole story' by kyle. 

radiaz2001
radiaz2001

@googulandia Really? Che was a sniper who killed Cuba's leading human/civil rights advocate, at the time? You can't be serious.


Jimbo77
Jimbo77

@GoAway The thing is my freind that the shit that are refering to is still there, maybe when comunism ends in Cuba them it will be the time to let go things.

grandulon82
grandulon82

@GoAway Say it around actual cubans though not behind a computer screen, go to Calle Ocho, Lil Havana, etc. with your thoughts. Shit go to a Sedano's or a Navarro with that bullshit watch you get KO'd by an old guy in his 70's

googulandia
googulandia

@radiaz2001 Besides is kinda dumb to call Kennedy, who vigorously helped the Cubans get rid of people like Castro and Che, "leading human/civil rights advocate, at the time".... Che was at the time of Kennedy  trying to convince the Russians to strike the US with nuclear weapons!! What a wonderful guy!!

googulandia
googulandia

@radiaz2001 You, obviously, weren't there. I WAS... Not a sniper, really, Che was more the genocidal type. Ask for the Captive Towns he created in Sandino, after forcing entire populations to relocate, just because of their political allegiance. Ask how many people he killed in La Cabaña Prison, without trial... these facts are in his biographies even...

GoAway
GoAway

@grandulon82 @GoAway Typical thug mentality. No wonder Miami is such a cess pool. Don't worry I'll likely die in a car accident like I almost do going to work every day BY A CUBAN!

GoAway
GoAway

@grandulon82 @GoAway I love Celia Cruz. What song will you be playing. Oh and thanks for using up your "BIG" word usage on Philistine for the day.

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