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National Gallery Cancels Chuck Close Show Following Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

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The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has called off a Chuck Close show that was planned for May, the Washington Post reports. The exhibition, which was to be called “In the Tower: Chuck Close,” would have included 30 works.

Multiple women accused Close last month of having made lewd comments while they were modeling in his studio. In a HuffPost report, one artist said that she had agreed to model for Close, but that she was unaware that it would involve being nude. Feeling uncomfortable following a sexual comment, she put her clothes on and left, and Close tried to pay her $200. Another group of allegations published by Hyperallergic this month detail a similar pattern. Last month, Close’s lawyer, Lance Gotko, denied that any sexual acts had taken place.

The National Gallery will also no longer stage an exhibition devoted to Thomas Roma, the photographer who has also been accused of sexual misconduct. (A lawyer for Roma denied these allegations in a report published by the New York Times.) That exhibition, which was to include works from a recent gift of Roma photographs to the National Gallery, would have opened in September.

Anabeth Guthrie, the National Gallery’s chief of communications, told the Washington Post, “Given the recent attention on their personal lives, we discussed postponement of the installations with each artist. All parties involved acknowledged that it is not the appropriate time to present these installations.”

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