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Political Art

Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper at El Museo del Barrio

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

Marisol dug beneath the surface to engage with ideas that were political. Ignoring the vagaries of the art scene, Marisol explored her own vision and imagery undeterred by the knowledge that her direction was not always in tune with the prevailing sensibilities.

One Museum Is Capturing Ferguson History As It Happens

AP | JIM SALTER | Posted 01.02.2015 | Arts

ST. LOUIS (AP) — From street-artist paintings on boards protecting store windows to signs bearing the now iconic statement, "Hands Up. Don't Shoot,"...

A Conversation With Grace Graupe-Pillard

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

Her work is infused with the concerns of the outsider, the downtrodden, the marginalized and the oppressed. War, social justice and a call for an acknowledgement of the world's ills permeate her material.

Meet Sabo, The Conservative Street Artist Behind The Wendy Davis 'Barbie Art'

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.10.2014 | Arts

Glenn Beck seemed all too happy to introduce his viewers to Los Angeles' staunchly conservative street artist, Sabo. "Pretty shocking," Beck mused whi...

LydiaEmily Breaks Out in Bound

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 07.19.2014 | Arts
John Wellington Ennis

LydiaEmily's new art show Bound opened at the Garboushian Gallery in Beverly Hills Saturday night to an overflow crowd of fans and supporters, including some wearing bandanas and braid wigs in tribute to the artist.

The PSA Crew: Keeping the Streets Safe for Street Art

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 07.07.2014 | Arts
John Wellington Ennis

Meet The P.S.A. Crew. Eluding law enforcement and surviving in the Los Angeles Underground, this elite band of street artists engages in civic-minded service through subversive means.

A Conversation with Irene Hardwicke Olivieri

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

She uses iconography that employs specifically feminine symbols, such as braids--which for Olivieri connote "the passage of time."

How Left-Wing Politics Changed The Way We Make Art

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 02.07.2014 | Arts

Progressive ideas associated with the underground, the anti-establishment and the alternative have long wound their way into the canvases of the world...

Public, Private, and Political Art in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
John Feffer

During the Communist era, the governments in East-Central Europe tried to shoehorn art into the category of socialist realism. Artists were reconfigured as cultural workers who ideally created works to advance society. Many artists, not surprisingly, refused to play this game.

Yisreal Feldsott and the Voice of Spirit

Gabrielle Selz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Gabrielle Selz

Just as a metaphysician seeks to clarify the fundamental notions by which humankind understands the world, the work of artist Yisreal Feldsott is a pursuit of an encounter with the nature of existence.

Rap Video Sends Powerful Message About Stop And Frisk

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.16.2013 | New York

Controversial New York City laws permitting the use of stop-and-frisks have ignited controversy, raising concerns over racial profiling and privacy v...

12 Hour Graffiti Campaign Addresses Future Of Yemen

Posted 08.30.2013 | Arts

In response to the current political upheaval in Yemen, Murad Sobay decided to spread a peaceful call to action -- through art. The activist ...

'Iranian Society Has Shown That Art Can Be An Investment'

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 07.12.2013 | Arts

TEHRAN, Iran -- Some arrived in Porsches or BMWs, which were whisked away by valet parking attendants. The hotel lobby was awash with the celebrated a...

LOOK: Suicide Bomber Photos Cause Controversy

Posted 06.11.2013 | Arts

A series of photographs depicting Palestinian suicide bombers has recently been stirring up controversy when revealed as part of a Ahlam Shibli's late...

Capitalism Works for Me... ?

Phil Campbell | Posted 06.10.2013 | Arts
Phil Campbell

capitalism works for meThe "art" of "Capitalism Works for Me!" isn't necessarily in the LED sign and voting machine, it's in how people are confronted with a question that is both very public and very personal.

Portrait Of A Year In Turmoil

Leigh Silver | Posted 04.06.2013 | Arts

Activist artist Molly Crabapple's new series of paintings titled "Shell Game" at Smart Clothes Gallery in New York portray a darkly humorous year in c...

Obama Vandalism Won't Keep This Artist Down

Posted 02.14.2013 | Arts

A mural depicting President Barack Obama is back up on the wall of a Houston building just weeks after the painting was vandalized for the second time...

The Most Bizarre Political Artwork You'll Ever See

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.12.2013 | Arts

We were confused, to say the least, when we stumbled upon a painting of President Barack Obama, naked and lovingly entwined with the body of a unicorn...

You Are Not Bradley Manning

Phil Campbell | Posted 04.08.2013 | Arts
Phil Campbell

His face is painted as a mural on the wall of a brick building next to a deli in my neighborhood. The mural is simple and carelessly done, but it always holds the power to jar me out of my post-work stupor.

Keith Haring Gets Political In A New Exhibition

Posted 12.14.2012 | Arts

It's hard not to smile when we see one of Keith Haring's strong and simple street art specimens. The thick graphic lines, bright colors and univer...

Israeli Artists Get Political At Miami Art Fair

Posted 12.08.2012 | Arts

Amidst the rival millionaires and food-deprived fashionistas cloying for their opportunity to mingle with the art world's mightiest contenders, one gr...

Bizarre Painting Depicts Grover Norquist As The Wizard Of Oz

Posted 11.27.2012 | Arts

We've seen Barack Obama riding a lion, Paul Ryan as a hot dog and Hilary Clinton as Marilyn Monroe. After all this, you'd think no political art could...

Our Favorite Barack Obama Art

Posted 11.08.2012 | Arts

Since the good ol' days of his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama has been a favored subject of painters, sculptors and portraitists from sea t...

Which Latte President Are You Voting For?

Posted 11.05.2012 | Arts

With less than 24 hours until the polls open their doors to eager voters, you've probably analyzed the candidates from every possible angle, and you'r...

Anti-Obama Artist Is Back With 'Runaway Slave' Painting

Posted 11.01.2012 | Arts

Jon McNaughton, an anti-Obama artist notorious for his particularly inflammatory political paintings, is back with another creation just in time for n...