In the 2017 NYT
Victimism Tournament, perennial finalists Anne Frank
and Emmett Till square off for the title.
Team Anne goes with the rather ho-hum theme of Raising Awareness.
But Team Till ups the ante with a call for destroying a painting at the Whitney Biennial because it represents “white free speech and white creative freedom,” which are Bad.
White Artist’s Painting of Emmett Till at Whitney Biennial Draws ProtestsBy RANDY KENNEDY MARCH 21, 2017… The images’ continuing power, more than 60 years later, to speak about race and violence is being demonstrated once again in protests that have arisen online and at the newly opened Whitney Biennial over the decision of a white artist, Dana Schutz, to make a painting based on the photographs.… Another protester, Hannah Black, a British-born black artist and writer working in Berlin, has written a letter to the biennial’s curators, Mia Locks and Christopher Y. Lew, urging that the painting be not only removed from the show but also destroyed.“The subject matter is not Schutz’s,” Ms. Black wrote in a Facebook message that has been signed by more than 30 other artists she identifies as nonwhite. “White free speech and white creative freedom have been founded on the constraint of others, and are not natural rights. The painting must go.” She added that “contemporary art is a fundamentally white supremacist institution despite all our nice friends.”
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