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Goodman Gallery to take on FPB

The Goodman Gallery believes the Classification Committee failed to consider that ‘The Spear’ is art.

'The Spear' defaced. Picture: Gareth Brown/iWitness

PRETORIA - The Goodman Gallery on Tuesday announced it will appeal the decision by the Film and Publication Board (FPB) to classify 'The Spear' painting.

The portrait shows President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

In June, the FPB's Classification Committee gave the painting an age restriction of 16 following complaints from members of the public.

The portrait was also vandalised at the gallery and no longer exists in its "offending form".

The Goodman Gallery said it will appeal on the grounds that The Spear is the work of a bona fide artist and is a work of political satire.

It said the committee failed to give sufficient regard to the artist's constitutionally protected freedom of expression.

The gallery added it will argue the committee operated outside its mandate.

Officials will lodge the appeal with the Film and Publication Board's Appeal Tribunal.