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More and more artists are telling the Whitney Museum for American Art that they are withdrawing from the high-profile biennial contemporary art showcase that is currently taking place in New York.
"It was a really simple decision," says artist Nicholas Galanin, speaking by phone from Alaska, where he lives. Together with three other artists, he told Whitney on Friday that he wants his multimedia work taken out of the show.
Over the weekend Galanin and the others were joined by four other artists and collectives. Many in the art world expect other artists to follow suit on the show next week.
The artists protest against Whitney Board Vice Chairman Warren B. Kanders for his ownership of military supply companies selling tear gas and bullets that the artists use against migrants on the southern border of the US and against unarmed civilian demonstrators in Gaza should have used.
One of the Biennale's pieces, a short video titled "Triple Chaser," shows a case against Kanders with the help of cruel images of a Palestinian demonstrator being shot. It was created by a London collective called Forensic Architecture together with Praxis Films, a filmmaker Laura Poitras company.
Forensic Architecture is one of the artists requesting to remove their work from the Whitney Biennale.
"We could end up having a biennial with empty spaces," says Zachary Small, senior author of the art news website Hyperallergic. "That would be an amazing statement about who finances culture."
Art critic Blake Gopnik, an employee of New York Times agrees.
"The artists who have actually withdrawn from the Biennale" This is an outstanding work of political art, "he said, pointing to the misconduct of the artists.
Other critics pointed out that these artists were influenced by the It has been terribly convenient that they have been waiting to withdraw their art until the critics have appeared, thousands of people have seen their work and the show will end relatively soon, on the 22nd of September. 19659017] There's nothing to do here and it's perfect “/>