Who said artists cant write ? Below is a fantastic article written by artist and writer Hannah Black on the current state of the world. She is the protagonist of a protest letter against Dana Schultz’s painting Open Casket, currently being exhibited in the Whitney Biennale which many have accused as being highly problematic, or even down right racist.
Aruna D’Souza is a writer at Bennington College and an art critic for 4Columns.org. In addition, she consults with museums — including the Whitney Museum — on issues of diversity and inclusion. Here is her take, written for a general audience for CNN here.
Meanwhile Turkish Artist Zehra Doğan Sentenced to Prison for Painting of Kurdish Town Attack
The article can be found here
and the online magazine New Republic provides some additional context
and the article can be found here
and for those with time on their hands, something in all of this reminded me of the great theorist Paul Virillio’s utterly striking and confronting book, Art and Fear in which he brings to the table his notion of a “Pitiless Art” the text of which can be found here on archive.org.
George Baker on painting, critique, and empathy in the Emmett Till / Whitney Biennial debate
can be read here