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We are not surprised: open letter on sexual harassment in the art world

In response to recent allegations of sexual harassment within the art world and the resignation of Artforum co-publisher Knight Landesman, an open letter has been published by ‘art world workers’ calling for an end to silence around the issue and a renewed effort by individuals and institutions to deal with what it describes as ‘an environment of acceptance and complicity’. Here, we republish the letter in full.

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Claudia Rankine, 2016 MacArthur Fellow, New York, New York, September 7, 2016. Photo: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, licensed under a Creative Commons license: CC-BY
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Claudia Rankine’s The White Card: life-affirming response to ‘Black Death Spectacle’

To coincide with Soul of a Nation at Tate Modern, US writer Claudia Rankine presented a reading from her new play, which explores racism in the art world and beyond. Sonya Dyer found it a powerful vehicle for exploring the intersections of capitalism, race, empathy and resistance – particularly in light of the Dana Schutz Whitney Biennial controversy and a renewed focus on depictions of the Black body.

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Midwestern blues: Trump, a polarised America, and the curse and opportunity of ‘interesting times’

As Washington DC prepares for the 20 January presidential inauguration and the rest of the world is gripped/appalled by the latest predictably narcissistic Donald Trump Twitter outburst, London-based artist Sonya Dyer – who was on a residency in Nebraska during the election – reflects on her US experience and considers what the new era means for art and artists.

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Artist Anab Jain of Superflux, with Sadiq Khan, Justine Simons, Jonathan Reekie, at the launch of Somerset House Studios. Photo: Ben Catchpole
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In Brief: other news this week

A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news, including: Cost-effective studios for London artists, winner of Doug Moran prize announced, and new museums opening in France despite state budget cuts.

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Zaha Hadid: Hafenstrasse Development Hafenstrasse Development, Hamburg, Germany 1989; Copyright Zaha Hadid Architects
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In Brief: other news this week

A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news, including: Rare Dame Zaha Hadid artworks to go on display, and Islamic militant sentenced to nine years in prison for destroying shrines.

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In Brief: other news this week

A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news, including: permanent public display of works confiscated from mafia boss, collector gets to keep Picasso sculpture in ownership dispute and artist suing Damien Hirst over charm bracelets.

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BP or not BP? protest the British Museum’s BP-sponsored exhibition ‘Sunken Cities’. Photo by Kristian Buus, courtesy BP or not BP?
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In Brief: other news this week

A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news. This week includes a debate on museum free entry policy, the mismanagement of EU funds for Italy’s cultural heritage sites, and a Boston artist who has created ‘the smallest house in the world’ – available to rent on Airbnb.

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Fight The Housing Squid

Community art work in response to housing crisis and Government’s proposed Housing and Planning Bill to build more “affordable” homes

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