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Collectors, curators and artists have lost jobs and prestigious shows as a result of allegations of sexual misconduct. In January, the National Gallery of Art in Washington cancelled US artist Chuck Close’s show after several women accused him of sexually harassing them in his studio. (Close’s lawyer denied the claims.)“I still get the sense that some men don’t really get it, that they just think they have to act on their best behavior so they don’t get caught or don’t get in trouble,” Mallett comments. “It’s a little like *facepalm* that they don’t really get it. But I guess it’s still better than men walking around thinking they can get away with literally anything just because they have a job at a magazine or a museum.”
“We are not surprised when curators offer exhibitions or support in exchange for sexual favors. We are not surprised when gallerists romanticize, minimize, and hide sexually abusive behavior by artists they represent. We are not surprised when a meeting with a collector or a potential patron becomes a sexual proposition. We are not surprised when we are retaliated against for not complying.”