The following petition has been circulating response to dubious (at best) statemtents made by New York TimesÂ reporter Ken Johnson. As Blouin Art InfoÂ puts it “An anonymous petition expressing concern about recent New York Times reviews of women and African-American artists has hit a nerve, sparking a wave of support from some serious bold-faced names. ArtistsÂ Glenn LigonÂ andÂ Coco FuscoÂ confirmed toÂ ARTINFOÂ this morning that they had signed the letter, while other (currently unconfirmed) signatories include artistsÂ Paul Ramirez Jonas,Â Janine Antoni,Louise Lawler,Â Julie Mehretu,Â Kara Walker, andÂ Martha RoslerÂ as well as art historiansÂ Rosalyn Deutsche,Â Miwon Kw0n, andÂ Robert Storr. As of this writing,Â the petitionÂ bears 312 signatures and is growing by the minute.” I have included a portion of the petition below after which you can follow a link to read the entire thing and sign it as you wish. I signed it and was proud to do so. Johnson’s reviews are precisely the kinds of articles that encourage the further marginalization of race and gender. The lens and tone of media coverage â€” particularly when printed by such a prominent newspaper â€” affects all of us.
Dear New York Times:Â
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