Philip Guston and the KKK: Museums Cower and Run for Cover

Philip Guston, Blackboard, 1969. Oil on canvas. (Private Collection. © The Estate of Philip Guston)
The show is postponed, and guess who’s smothering free thought?

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE E arlier this week, I wrote about museum news items in New York. Today, I’ll look at topics in Washington.

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