While I dispute Styleite’s headline ‘Today in Racist ‘Art’: Miroslava Duma’s Site Places White Socialite on Black Woman Bondage Chair’, the use of Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard’s provocative chair inspired by British pop-artist Allen Jones is offensive to me, too. Street style maven Miroslave Duma published the image of Garage editor-in-chief Dasha Zhukova sitting on her BDSM throne. I do agree that uploading the photo on Martin Luther King Jr’s day of honor in America is utterly tactless.
My own intense dislike of Allen Jones’ art is grounded in its being an aggressive, misogynist, artistic statement against women. There is simply no other way to interpret the intention of his art and the mindset of people who buy his work. I could care less if the Tate has given Jones a show, and the protests by those who own this art fall on my deaf ears.