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Reaction to Bronze Sculpture of Coretta and Martin Luther King Jr. In Boston Hasn’t Been Good – And That’s Not Bad for Art That Shatters Conventions

March 24, 2023

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Presented by The Conversation

Unveiled in January of 2023, “The Embrace” is a statue to commemorate Coretta and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unfortunately, the sculpture is facing backlash from the community. In an article per The Conversation, artist Hank Willis Thomas has received many complaints about the sculpture due to its appearance; even the family of the honored Kings’ are upset with the “masturbatory metal homage” to their family members. While intention of Thomas was to envision the Kings, simply yet powerfully, in a new light.

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