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Takedown: Art and Power in the Digital Age (Virtual Event)

01/26/2022 - 6:00pm



Author Farah Nayeri will be in conversation on Zoom with fellow arts journalist Linda Yablonsky about her book Takedown: Art and Power in the Digital Age, which grapples with the most difficult questions of power, money, and identity facing the art world today.

Please note that this is a virtual event! Registration is required. Ticket options include event access and either a $10 Rizzoli Bookstore gift card (redeemable in-person or online) or a hardcover copy of Takedown: Art and Power in the Digital Age.


Can't attend the event? Order your copy of Takedown here. 


For centuries, art censorship has been a top-down phenomenon—kings, popes, and one-party states decided what was considered obscene, blasphemous, or politically deviant in art.

Today, censorship can also happen from the bottom up, thanks to calls to action from organizers and social media campaigns. Artists and artworks are routinely taken to task for their insensitivity. In this new world order, artists, critics, philanthropists, galleries and museums alike are recalibrating their efforts to increase the visibility of marginalized voices and respond to the people’s demands for better ethics in art.

But what should we, the people, do with this newfound power?

Featuring exclusive interviews with Nan Goldin, Sam Durant, Faith Ringgold, and others, Nayeri tackles wide-ranging issues including sex, religion, gender, ethics, animal rights, and race.

By asking and answering questions such as: Who gets to make art and who owns it? How do we correct the inequities of the past? What does authenticity, exploitation, and appropriation mean in art?, Takedown provides the necessary tools to navigate the art world.


Ⓒ  Suzanne Plunkett

Farah Nayeri is an arts and culture writer for the New York Times and host of the CultureBlast podcast. Originally from Iran, she lives and works in London. Nayeri began her journalism career in Paris as a reporter for Time magazine and a contributor to The Wall Street Journal. She later became a correspondent of Bloomberg in Paris, Rome, and London, covering politics and economics, then culture. Nayeri is a public speaker and panel moderator, regularly chairing conferences for the New York Times and for institutions in Europe. She is a classically trained pianist and a devotee of flamenco dance.


Ⓒ Grace Roselli for the Pandora's BoxX Project

Linda Yablonsky is the author of The Story of Junk: A Novel, as well as an art critic and journalist who has been covering the international art world for more than 25 years.


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