An exterior view of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, as seen April 30, 2015.
AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews
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Seven artists have asked New York City's Whitney Museum to remove their work from its biennial showcase of American art over a museum board member's ties to the sale of law enforcement supplies including tear gas. The artists are protesting Warren Kanders' role as vice chairman of the Whitney's board.Artists and the Whitney's own staff members had been speaking out against Kanders' presence on the board since November, when more than 100 staff signed a letter calling for his resignation.Kanders defended Safariland in his own letter addressed to "the Whitney community". Protesters said it was exploitative for white artist Dana Schutz to use Till's image in her work.
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