In 1986, a 31-year-old man used a box cutter to slash Barnett Newman’s “Whoâ€™s Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Blue III” in Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. One of the main arguments his lawyer made in his defense was that the painting was a cultural provocation, and this provocation called for a reaction and got one. And that’s just the beginning of the tumultuous story of this painting.
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Music by Patrick Damphier.
Show artwork by Saskia Keultjes.