The rise in art protests: how the gallery became a new battleground

By Nadja Sayej

An exhibit by controversial artist Dana Schultz, accused of profiting from black pain, has led to anger, the latest in an increasingly long line of art world protests

New York-based artist Dana Schutz caused an uproar this spring when she exhibited Open Casket, a painting of Emmett Till, the 15-year-old whose brutal murder sparked the civil rights movement.

As a white artist making art about black pain and showing it at the Whitney Biennial, several activists responded negatively to the work, one with a letter calling for it to be destroyed, another a staged protest with a shirt reading: “Black Death Spectacle.”

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