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Best Art about Work in the Last Year, for Labor Day Gazing and Reflection

Posted: 09/05/11 02:21 AM ET

Art at work? Well, art portraying work or workers' values and struggles has been going on for centuries, but portraying work in dramatic or readily accessible ways has not been fashionable of late. There are very few moments where a Rockefeller is hiring a Diego Rivera these days. But the expressions pop out and pierce through in spite of all that, sometimes with the modest help of an Service Employees International Union (SEIU) or a MoveOn.org.

Here are five works of art or exhibits that have been named for "2011 Workers' Voice Awards" in Arts category by PopWork USA, a blog that focuses on the intersection of workers and pop culture. Each photo has links to more about each work. The best will be announced in October, but you can give your opinion now in the comments below. For full list of all categories and nominations, click here.


Credit: Andres Serrano
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AMERICA NOW AND HERE
Andres Serrano did a series of portraitures as part of the ambitious traveling art show "America Now and Here" which started in Kansas City, then Detroit and Chicago. An effort ignited by artist Eric Fischl, it seeks to get (some) people to reclaim America and American values differently. Get the scoop on the whole project here.
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