#BlackOutTuesday: The Art World Posts Black Squares on Social Media to Show Support

The death of African-American man George Floyd has provoked global outrage over police brutality and sprung an ongoing series of protests against inequality and racism. Millions of Instagram users are flooding the platform with black squares, together with the hashtag #BlackOutTuesday, to express solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests. The art world is also participating in the social media movement to show support with leading museums, international auction houses, renowned galleries and artists posting a black square on their Instagram account.

The death of George Floyd has sparked a series of  the Black Lives Matter movement

MoMA’s Instagram post in support for #BlackOutTuesday

Here are some of the museums, artists, galleries participating in the #BlackOutTuesday social media movement: 


  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Centre Pompidou
  • Dali Museum
  • Dallas Museum Of Art
  • Getty Museum
  • The Met
  • MoMA
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Rubin Museum of Art
  • Saatchi Gallery
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
  • Van Gogh Museum


  • David Zwirner
  • Gagosian
  • Hauser & Wirth
  • Lévy Gorvy
  • Lisson Gallery
  • Pace Gallery Perrotin Gallery
  • Petzel Gallery
  • Simon Lee Gallery
  • Victoria Miro Gallery


  • Njideka Akunyili Crosby
  • Peter Doig
  • Damien Hirst
  • KAWS
  • Takashi Murakami
  • Richard Prince
  • Sean Scully
  • Cindy Sherman
  • Jacky Tsai
  • Vhils

Auction houses:

  • Bonhams
  • Christie's
  • Sotheby's

Nikkolas Smith

Mark Paul Deren

Shirien Damra

Beside posting black tiles on Instagram, some artists mourned the death of George Floyd with their artworks.

As the hashtag #BlackOutTuesday goes viral on social media, the organisers are asking users to separate these posts with #BLM or #BlackLivesMatter hashtags as vital information will be suppressed.