Artists Raise Concerns Over New Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Record on the Arts

July 24th, 2019

A number of artists have raised concerns about Boris Johnson’s record on the arts after assuming Tory leadership and the position of Prime Minister.  “When Boris Johnson campaigned to become mayor of London first time, one of his pledges involved cutting budgets for art projects like the Fourth Plinth; that was until he realised that culture for London was actually a good [thing],” says Michael Elmgreen of Elmgreen & Dragset. “Typically, he had strong opinions about subject matters he didn’t have any clue about, and then later he had to change his mind when he was finally confronted with the facts. However, that didn’t really make him interested in the arts.”

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