The Art Miami exhibition was briefly shut down after security dogs reacted to a bag held by a participant. Anticipating something dangerously nefarious, security personnel were instead bemused by a satirical painting of former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Two tents — Art Miami and Context, a ‘sister art fair' — were shut down in precaution after the dog warning, as security officers ran the painting through x-ray, but found no suspicious substances.
"We had to err on the side of caution," claimed Art Miami director Nick Korniloff. Both tents were reopened some two hours later.
The punk-themed painting was accompanied by a similar piece entitled "Trump Pimp," depicting the president in a red zebra hat and matching tuxedo, wearing a massive golden dollar sign on a chain. The satirical painting of Trump was reportedly hanging in place when the canine alert occured.
CORRECTION: Trump was already hanging. “Punk Hillary” was to blame. pic.twitter.com/8cH0HVwj5G— Nicholas Nehamas (@NickNehamas) 9 декабря 2017 г.
According to the Miami Herald, both artworks were done by the same Orlando-based artist: Scott Scheidly, and both were available for a mere $4,000. According to the paper, both artworks went to the same bidder.
@monitor_sur @MiamiHerald #LookingForNews>>> MIAMI HERALD Painting of #HillaryClinton sets off security dogs, briefly shuts down #artmiami tent https://t.co/Zzd0YF0zKp pic.twitter.com/YaUA8Dw2BD — Painting of #HillaryClinton sets off security dogs, brief… https://t.co/FdVnVCcZ5v— JUST PURE INFORMATION (@Monitor_sur) 9 декабря 2017 г.
Scheidly has painted numerous world leaders and pop culture figures in a satirical manner, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, former US President Barack Obama, Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and England's longest-reigning monarch: Queen Elizabeth II.
Florida-based gallery owner Ken Hashimoto stated that police were unsure what caused the dogs to react so strongly, the Herald reported.
"They have no idea," he said, laughingly adding that: "My thought is [that it was] a Republican bomb dog."