…on exposing the Sackler family’s links to the opioid crisis
…were so adept at laundering their reputation that, for decades, their philanthropic largesse had given them an almost saintly status in the art world. For too long, the grateful recipients seemed unconcerned about the ethics of how their benefactors made their fortune.
As he mingled with guests and fellow nominees over pre-dinner drinks, the irony was compounded when his British book editor drew his attention to a sign above an adjacent gallery: the Sackler Room. “So, there we were,” he says, smiling wryly, “adjacent to space named in honour of the Sacklers, while I’m waiting to see if I’d won the McKinsey prize.” He relates this anecdote, he says, because it neatly illustrates one of the underlying themes of his book. “Basically, the system through which this kind of reputation laundering happens is now so integrated and evolved that it is almost inescapable. The situation I found myself in at the award ceremony is kind of emblematic of that.”
Original Article (The Guardian):
Patrick Radden Keefe on exposing the Sackler family’s links to the opioid crisis
Artwork Fair Use: Pénélope Le Dain