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Censored Art Today
Gareth Harris

Censored Art Today

Censored Art TodayCensored Art Today
Hot Topics in the Art World
Gareth Harris
Co-published by Lund Humphries and Sotheby’s Institute of Art



104 Pages
130 x 200 mm
ISBN 9781848225411



Censored Art Today is an accessible, informed analysis of the debates raging around censorship of art and so-called ‘cancel culture’, focusing on who the censors are and why they are clamping down on forms of artistic expression worldwide. Art censorship is a centuries-old issue which appears to be on the rise in the 21st century – why is this the case?

Gareth Harris expertly analyses the different contexts in which artists, museums and curators face restrictions today, investigating political censorship in China, Cuba and the Middle East; the suppression of LGBTQ+ artists in ‘illiberal democracies’; the algorithms policing art online; Western museums and ‘cancel culture’; and the narratives around ‘problematic’ monuments. His fascinating study, which draws on extensive research and interviews, reveals why censorship has become the hottest of topics, impacting substantially on artists.

About the Series
This new series of short, thought-provoking and sometimes controversial books will debate key issues of current relevance to art-world professionals internationally working in both the private and public sectors. The series will give wider visibility to some critical areas of professional art-world practice, considering: what are the disruptors challenging the status quo, and how is the art world likely to be transformed over the next decades as a result? The books are aimed at current arts professionals and students, while also being accessible to a non-specialist audience as well as specialists and professionals working in related fields.

Key themes will include: the global art world; art and technology; art, consumerism and entertainment; public art and private money; the changing role of the art creative; the rise of China; gender and diversity in the art world; and curating in a digital age.

About the Artist
Gareth Harris is a London-based established freelance journalist covering all aspects of the art world and culture sphere, from museum developments to art market news. They are currently acting as deputy editor at The Art Newspaper (TAN) where they commission for both print and online writers from across Europe and worldwide.

About the Publishers
Lund Humphries
 is a long-established, independent publisher of  books on Art, Architecture and Design. Their books are for Visual Arts scholars, professionals, students and art enthusiasts across a wide range of specialisms.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art is a private, for-profit institution of higher education devoted to the study of art and its markets with campuses in London, New York City and online. The institute offers full-time accredited master’s degrees as well as a range of postgraduate certificates, summer, semester and online courses, public programmes, and executive education. It is a subsidiary of Sotheby’s fine art dealers.