Saturday, March 2, 2024

“In the process, they offered some ways in which an artist could reserve their rights and rebel against major museums.”

These days, artists demanding the removal of their works from exhibitions is a common tool in the arsenal of political protest. In the cases of both the Aichi Triennale and the Whitney Biennial , artists called for their works to be pulled amid protests over what was happening at those institutions. But in 1969, this was something novel.

Good article in Artnet news on the artist Takis’s entrance into MoMA in 1969 and removal of his own sculpture as an act of protest. The beginning of “artists’ rights” movement?


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