Philip Guston’s KKK paintings ‘are not asleep—they’re woke’: catalogue contradicts museum statement controversially halting show

Essays from African American artists such as Glenn Ligon and Trenton Doyle Hancock show that issues were being addressed

A major show on the late artist Philip Guston (left) has been delayed because of sensitivities around his KKK imagery (right, The Studio, 1969) Since an announcement out of the blue last Thursday, the art world has reacted with widespread dismay to the decision of four museums to postpone the exhibition Philip Guston Now for four years. Though it was not referred to explicitly in the statement from 21 September—by Kaywin Feldman at the National Gallery of Art (NGA), Washington, […]


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