The Easel

Four Museums Decided This Work Shouldn’t Be Shown. They’re Both Right and Wrong

A Philip Guston show has been postponed because of fears that his anti-racist imagery may be misunderstood. Major art institutions are terrified of being caught in the swirling debate about racial equality. Have they “caved in” to groups wanting to dictate how art is interpreted? Protests the writer “Is art to be defined exclusively by ideology? We can’t reduce art to woke or not woke.”