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Friday essay: separating the art from the badly behaved artist – a philosopher’s view

When actor Kevin Spacey was accused of attempted sexual assault of a teenage boy, his role in the Ridley Scott film, All the Money in the World, was erased and reshot with Christopher Plummer.

  • Janna Thompson
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When the celebrated Torres Strait Island painter Dennis Nona went to jail for raping a 12-year-old girl, Australian art galleries responded by taking his works off their walls and putting them into storage.

R Kelly’s concerts were cancelled and his RCA contract was not renewed because of his alleged sexual abuse of underage women.

The history of art is full of artists who were cruel, exploitative, prejudiced or…

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