At 11.15am on 9 November (2022), two climate change protesters attacked Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans hanging in the National Gallery of Australia (NGA). After a good clean, it was back on the wall five hours later.
While the action picked up on a wave of museum-based eco protests globally, it was hardly lasting in its impact. However, within metres of where that protest action took place, this week saw the opening of an exhibition of US photographer Nan Goldin’s work. The work has endured for more five decades as a radical statement, and was the trigger to a lifelong journey as an activist artist for Goldin.