Laura Gascoigne: The Art Police – November 2017

If you’re thinking


of committing an art crime, now’s your moment. In June budgetary pressures forced the


‘temporary’ closure of the Met’s Art & Antiques Squad and
the transfer of
expert staff

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to the google_ad_height = 90; Grenfell Tower fire investigation, and there’s no knowing when, if ever,
they’ll be back. So it’s bye-bye blue light, hello green light to thieves, fakers, fraudsters and traffickers of
the official force has been disbanded, unofficial forces are taking over. Alexander Adams’ article New
Order in
the last
issue was a cogent analysis of how the enforcers of the new identity politics are effectively policing public

exhibitions. Since his report there have been further developments in the case of the
Dakota Elders v Sam Durant, whose sculpture Scaffold was removed from Minneapolis Sculpture /* xin2 */ Garden after complaints that as a non-Native American he had no hereditary right to refer in his work to the hanging of 38 Dakota Indians by the US Army in 1862. Initially condemned to be burnt, the dismantled Scaffold will now be buried in a secret location. Meanwhile poor old Jimmie Durham, who has spent a lifetime trading on his Native American ancestry, has been denounced by a group of snooty Cherokees as a fake for not google_ad_width = 970; being a registered member of the Cherokee Nation. Once an

basis, only pure-breed something-or-others google_ad_client = "ca-pub-3967079123942817"; should be allowed to make public statements, artistic or otherwise, on questions of race. As a half-Italian, quarter-white-West Indian, quarter-Northern-Irish crossbreed I would probably be wise to keep my trap shut but I’m congenitally incapable, so here goes. First off, I would like to point out to google_ad_client = "ca-pub-3967079123942817"; these purblind purists a perennial problem with questions of heredity. Who among us can actually prove our bloodlines? Which of us really knows who our fathers/grandfathers/great-grandfathers were? Only our mothers/grandmothers/great-grandmothers could tell us. Are we going to dig all our
ancestors up and DNA-test them before presuming to make art about them?

Racial purity is not

the only thorny issue in a


field where so many subsets disadvantaged in terms of

​ gender, transgender, whatever – it can’t be long before the

LGBT contingent have commandeered all the letters in the alphabet – have axes to grind. For the moment different factions are content to share the benefits of affirmative action with other ‘minorities’. (Don’t you love it when

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women get classed as a minority?) But believe me, they’ll soon

beyond contemporary art, a few misbegotten historical statues excepted. That’s

Cultural appropriation: check. Passing on the clap to healthy
young women: let’s not go there.

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