Why there’s nothing racist about the ‘racist chair’

Bjarne Melgaard’s black woman in the shape of a chair – as seen in the now-notorious photoshoot of Roman Abramovich’s girlfriend Dasha Zhukova – has been totally misunderstood.

The contemporary art world likes to think it has a common touch. While classical music is for the elite and the literary novel a minority taste, the art of today speaks the demotic and gets its message heard, from Jeff Koons to Grayson Perry, from Damien Hirst to Bjarne Melgaard.

Jonathan Jones, The Guardian


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