. Hank Willis Thomas’s Boston Statue Isn’t the First Martin Luther King Jr. Monument to Be Widely Controversial « JO LEE MAGAZINE

ART NEWS – The kerfuffle over the Thomas work pales in comparison to the one about a statue of King by Lei Yixin. That work, Stone of Hope, appears in Washington, D.C., and even before its completion in 2011, the 30-foot-tall monument had provoked a bitter outcry, with detractors claiming that Lei was the wrong person for the job, that the mode in which he portrayed King was poorly chosen, and that the means by which Lei was to create the piece were problematic. And the furor did not die down once the work finally went on view.

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