Can You Separate Art From the Artist?

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Woody Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow recently accused him, in a New York Times op-ed, of sexually abusing her when she was a child. The Academy Award-winning director has denied the charges, but the incident raises an age-old question that's dogged artists ranging from Mozart to Michael Jackson. Should we take an artists' personal conduct into account when we judge their work?


Adam Kirsch, senior editor, New Republic