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If we denounce the artist, then what becomes of the work that remains?
The #MeToo movement is overturning a cliché that has forgiven bad behaviour for years: to be creative is to be prone to eccentricity, madness, addiction and excess. No longer can artists be excused from the standards of conduct that apply to us all.
About the Author
Ashleigh Wilson is the arts editor of The Australian. He won a Walkley Award for his series on unethical behaviour in the Aboriginal art industry, which led to a Senate inquiry. He is also the author of Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing (2016).