Kanders, who was ousted from the Whitney board last summer after months of protest, says he will sell certain divisions of Safariland.
Neal Sher accuses the Whitney’s leadership of being complicit in “unlawful conduct, harassment, threats and intimidation” against Kanders. He was disbarred by the District of Columbia in 2003 but practices in New York after a period of disciplinary suspension.
As this year’s Whitney Biennial wraps up, we invited Hyperallergic critics and reporters to reflect on a tumultuous exhibition.
Eddie Arroyo decidedly updates the genre of American landscape painting, recording real-estate developments and gentrification and capturing the flux of contemporary urban landscapes.
Activist organization Decolonize This Place believes “the museum can be made responsive to people rather than to the dictates of capital, that it can foster creativity and memory rather than functioning as a tool to launder the reputations of the ultra-wealthy.”
During political protests across San Juan, Puerto Rico, police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets manufactured by weapons companies owned by Warren Kanders.
In the wake of Warren Kanders’s resignation from the board of trustees, the eight artists wrote to the museum curators permitting their work to remain in the galleries.
Warren Kanders’s wife, Allison, simultaneously resigned from the museum’s painting and sculpture committee. The news comes after months of protests and an emerging boycott, with eight artists withdrawing from the 2019 Whitney Biennial.
Laura Ortman, Thirza Cuthand, Brendan Fernandes, Marcus Fischer, Nibia Pastrana Santiago, and Maia Ruth Lee have publicly announced their intention to stay in the biennial despite calls for a boycott.
“After this discovery, what may have started as the Tear Gas Biennial is now the Sierra Bullet Biennial,” a Forensic Architecture researcher told Hyperallergic.
Korakrit Arunanondchai, Meriem Bennani, Nicole Eisenman, and Nicholas Galanin say that the museum has failed to adequately respond to the Warren Kanders controversy. Following the announcement, Eddie Arroyo, Christine Sun Kim, Agustina Woodgate, and Forensic Architecture announced their withdrawal.
Members of the research group say their “Triple-Chaser” video at the Whitney Biennial is part of an ongoing investigation into violence at the Israeli-Palestinian border.