The Easel

‘It’s Just the Beginning’: Art World Responds to Warren B. Kanders’s Resignation from Whitney Board

A Whitney Museum board member has resigned amid protests about his company’s production of tear gas. There is an ongoing campaign to refuse philanthropy from the Sackler family. Are these two controversies comparable? Have events at the Whitney strengthened institutional “morality”? One critic notes “the idea of moral purity in the arts is a fantasy”; another thinks more such conflicts are to come.