Group of British Artists Urge National Portrait Gallery to Stop Accepting BP Funding

July 6th, 2019

A group of artists including Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread and Sarah Lucas have called on the National Portrait Gallery to not accept funding from the oil behemoth BP. “A crucial role of art is to describe to future generations what it is to be alive now, and to provide an echo of our humanity to those who seek it in the future,” the open letter, signed by 78 artists, reads. “The ethical red lines regarding art sponsorship are always shifting, tracing the curve of corporate behavior and what’s regarded as the public good.”

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