Artists withdraw from NYC museum show over tear gas link
NEW YORK (AP) — Seven artists have asked New York’s Whitney Museum to remove their work from its biennial showcase of American art over a museum board member’s ties to the sale of law-enforcement supplies including tear gas.
The artists are protesting Warren Kanders’ role as vice chairman of the Whitney’s board. Kanders is the owner of the Safariland Group, which sells body armor for police officers as well as tear gas. Critics of Safariland say the tear gas has been used against migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Four of the artists said in a letter published in Artforum on Friday that they refuse “further complicity with Kanders and his technologies of violence.”
The Whitney’s director, Adam Weinberg, told The New York Times that the museum will comply with the artists’ request.