SEPTEMBER LIVING ART ON THE EDGE

"Art and Politics"

Throughout time artists have expressed their political leanings in their art.  My first effort was in the throes of the Vietnam War when I did a collage and gave to my 6'8" cousin when he was declared not fit to fight...a congratulation gift.

In the 1700's, John Trunbull was renowned for his revolutionary war art.  The 1800's gave us Daumier's "Gargantua" lithograph, Delacroix's "Liberty Leading the People" and Timothy O'Sullivan's "A Harvest of Death, Gettysburg" to name a few.

For me the most profound political piece of the 1900's was Norman Rockwell's "The Problem We All Live With"...depicting the small girl walking into Little Rock's racist school system.

The 2000's has brought us Ai Wei Wei, Shepard Fairey, Pussy Riot's performance art and there are so many more that remain unnamed.  Obviously, the Trump administration has brought many artists to the political arena. 

This month I share with you a few of my own. 

 "All We Are Saying..."

"All We Are Saying..."

 "Pity the Children"   

"Pity the Children"

 

 "Liberty Lost"

"Liberty Lost"

 "Path of Peace"

"Path of Peace"

Visual artists are not the only creatives that express their political views.  There are poets that have written pieces expressing theirs recently.  My favorite and most recent was by Palestinian poet, Darine Tatour.  Her piece is called "Resist, My People, Resist Them" and for this poem, she is now in an Israeli prison.

Whatever your means of expression and whether you share it publicly or not, political art is a means of expressing your feelings about the world around you.

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MUST NOT MISS

 - On November 12th HBO will feature "The Price of Everything", a documentary about the high-flying art market.  Mark your calendars.

- A recently published book "Starry Night:  Van Gogh at the Asylum" by Martin Bailey blows the theory that he was secretly murdered.

- On October 2nd, a book of Leonard Cohen's poems, lyrics, drawings, etc. will be available.  Reserve a copy of "The Flame" now.

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LOCAL

- "From Calder to Chicago: Sculptors on Paper" is on view at the Albuquerque Museum through the spring of 2019, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

- "Alchemy in the Moment" continues at Vivo Contemporary through September 4th in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

- "The Paseo" a night time festival of installation, performance and projection art will be held on the streets of Taos Historic District on September 14th and 15th from 7 to 11 p.m. in Taos, New Mexico.

- The annual Taos Fall Arts Festival will be held in two locations...The Historic Guadalupe Parish Gymnasium and 205 Don Fernando Street from September 21 - 30 in Taos, New Mexico.

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NATIONAL

- The Cleveland Museum of Art presents Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrors" through September 30th in Cleveland, Ohio.

- "Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele: 1918 Contemporary" continues through September 4th at Neue Gallery in New York City.

- "Delacroix" continues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City through January 6, 2019.

- "Rauschenberg:  In and About L.A."  continues at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California through February 10, 2019.

- Judy Chicago's "Birth Project: Born Again" continues at the Pasadena Museum of California Art in Pasadena, California through October 1st.

- "Richard Diebenkorn:  Beginnings, 19424-1955" continues at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon through September 23rd.

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INTERNATIONAL

- The Royal Academy of Arts in London, England presents the Renzo Piano Exhibition from September 15th through January 21, 2019.

-  "Picasso 1932:  Love, Fame, Tragedy" on view at Tate Modern, London, England through September 10th.

- "Frida Kahlo:  Making Herself Up" on view at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England through November 4th.

- Atelie des Lumeres, Paris, France continues through October "Klimt in Paris".

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In closing, political art may not be your 'bag' but find a creative outlet and express yourself.

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You may contact me anytime at:  livingartontheedge@gmail.com

All my art is on view at:  www.thefullcirclestudio.com

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