Bill Clements: ‘Censorship can take many forms’

  • Business concept, working in office seb_ra

Published: 10/20/2021 4:18:35 PM

Regarding Jason Montgomery’s column (“Artist at center of Biennial controversy speaks out,” Oct. 15): Censorship can take many forms. How is defining what is “acceptable” art — limiting what art can be made and shown — not censorship? It seems to me any constraints on what an artist can create and what an art consumer can see, hear or read interrupt the free flow of ideas a democracy depends upon.

If art gatekeepers like the Northampton Arts Council will no longer allow a blind selecting of works, what happens to freedom of expression? It’s something to think about: how do we overcome white privilege and at the same time not undermine freedom and our bedrock democratic principles?

Bill Clements


Daily Hampshire Gazette Office

115 Conz Street
Northampton, MA 01061


Copyright © 2021 by H.S. Gere & Sons, Inc.
Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy