Laura Poitras’s All the Beauty and the Bloodshed follows Goldin’s fight against the Sacklers’ attempts to artwash their reputations as chief architects of the opioid epidemic in the United States.
If the deal is approved, the Sacklers would pay up to $6 billion and lose their cherished naming rights at institutions.
Activists from advocacy groups PAIN Sackler and Truth Pharm denounced Judge Robert D. Drain’s “bankruptcy scam.”
Hyperallergic talks to the curator, writer, and former museum director about her new book Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest.
The alleged surveillance of members of PAIN, the advocacy group founded by Nan Goldin, is detailed in Patrick Radden Keefe’s new book.
Connecticut Attorney General William Tong called for protections that would allow museums to get out of perpetuity contracts without facing lawsuits.
Last week’s House Oversight Committee hearing was the first time members of the Sackler family publicly addressed their alleged role in the epidemic.
The decision comes the day after a settlement between Purdue Pharma and the Justice Department, in which members of the Sackler family will pay $225 million in civil penalties, less than 2% of their estimated net worth.
Founded by artist Nan Goldin, the activist group P.A.I.N. criticized the potential settlement, which would protect the family’s personal wealth.
The billionaire Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma who are well known for their philanthropy, has come under intense scrutiny in the art world.
Warning of “toxic philanthropy,” activists gathered in the museum’s Sackler Courtyard, honoring the five people who die every day in the UK from opioid overdoses.
“We’re not going to stop until they personally face charges,” Nan Goldin, founder of PAIN Sackler, declared.