Washington’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is the latest venue to take platform away from a Canadian digital artist Jon Rafman after several women accused him of abuse.
38-year-old Rafman is considered one of the biggest stars of contemporary art, gaining fame throughout the last decade. The HMSG exhibition was initially scheduled for October, featuring his conceptual photography project The Nine Eyes of Google Street View, video installation Dream Journal, and more.
The allegations against Rafman have been initially published on the Instagram account “Surviving The Art World” and included stories about his predatory behavior, as well as emotional and sexual abuse. In his interview with ArtNews.com, the artist claimed that his relationships with these women had been consensual and that he had no idea how upset it made them.
So far, Rafman works have been removed from the galleries such as Montreal’s MAC and Bradley Ertaskiran, German-founded Sprüth Magers, and London’s Seventeen Gallery.