POSTED 20th of June 2018 13:40 GMT
Politics and art
Politics and art have long been connected, sorting out purposes of mutual benefits. The history speaks about how art has supported politics with a platform to express, protest and satire. Besides empowering politics in this way, art also served as an extraordinary way of Political Propaganda. From human rights to fight for freedom or equality to religious awakening and what not, times and now, art has helped people understand and convey knowledge on many political issues. It has also been a medium to protest or rebel against a decision wrongly made or biased rule passed. You can find some of such masterpieces in a reputed online art gallery as well. But while there are some serious artists making the best of artworks to sort put political purposes, there are also a few who find humor in politics and convey it with their art. Collectively said, there is a variety of artworks that sort different purposes and target different audience through any of the art forms including scriptures, paintings, digital art and more.
In this post, we will talk about some of the best political artworks till date and the innovative creators behind them:
Untitled (Reach Out And Touch Someone)-Barbara Kruger -1989
Barbara Kruger has always been an extraordinary artist creating masterpieces. She came up with a meaningful abstract painting in 1989 that made history. The painting had a child and alongside written was a phrase, “reach out and touch someone.”The painting surely earned her a reputed place amid people with a talent for recognizing human figure and using it innovatively. Recently, Barbara came up with an artwork on 2016 election and it was no short of innovation than her 1989’s piece.
Golden Future of America- Robert Indiana- 1976
America had its own idea for the Golden Age and Robert Indiana was the one, who gave it a pictorial face. Representing the mocking tone of the creator for America’s future vision, the painting has defined political aura to convey. Robert Indiana also incorporated a phrase with the painting, written by Benjamin Franklin, “In free governments, the rulers are servants and the people their superiors and sovereigns”. This clearly depicts that when you are a country, the power lies with the people of the land and not the rulers.
Free South Africa- Keith Haring- 1985
South Africa has long been suffering from apartheid system and through his artwork, Free South Africa, the artwork by Keith Haring features two subjects-one black and one white. The black figure is way bigger and powerful than the white figure, dominating it. It was a time when there were a handful of white people left in South Africa but still they repressed the natives. The oil painting is available in individually signed, dated and numbered lithographs.
The Bombing Squad- Blek le Rat -2008
Blek le Rat is one of the creators of political art pieces and one of the most renowned street art legends and is known to paints walls around the globe with high-intelligence political graffiti. He has been around for 30 years now and in 2008, the artist came up with a meaningful graffiti named The Bombing Squad, wherein, he presented the fear of the locals when they speculate an invasion from Russian Soldiers in France.
Banksy – Very Little Helps, 2008
Commenting on the consumerist culture in the West, Bansky, an innovative political artist and graffiti expert created this artwork in 2008 and titles it Very Little Helps. In the artwork, featured is a group of children who are pledging to be devoted to Tesco, a British Super Market chain. While one of the children is hoisting a Tesco shopping bag made as a flag the other two can be seen saluting it.
Shepard Fairey-George Orwell Print Set with Books- 2008
Shepard Fairey is a proficient street artist and as innovative as he is, he picked on two masterpieces of George Orwell- 1984 and Animal Farm and exercised his creativity on them he made an empowering front of the book which depicts the fear that people felt during the cold war and the Stalinist era.
Jordan Seiler- PublicAccess Box 2.0- 2015
These public access boxes were designed by Jordan Seiler as he took part in the PublicAdCampaign. The box had a master key inside which can be used to open almost every billboard around the globe. This was also used as a way to convey that the billboards across the world should be replaced with reminiscent art pieces.
Jason Bronkhorst - African Dictator- 2016
Jason Bronkhorst hails from South Africa and is one of those artists who never feel shy about making a political commentary. The Board Of Directors is one of his latest series wherein he has dealt with a number of political issues, including post-colonialism, capitalism, patriarchy and white supremacy in South Africa. In African Dictator, Jason has come up with the presentation of brutality and raw force.
Otto Schade – No Comment - 2016
There are numerous streets of London that have a meaningful sundown created by Otto Schade, a Chilean artist. With vividness and meanings inside, each masterpiece of this artists has a different story to narrate. With a depiction of a carefree child with a soldier, it indicates as for how life is full of joy, no matter who you are, what you do.
Clet Abraham – Solidarite
A renowned artist who knows how to high jack the traffic signals and make them an art piece. He simply placed a sticker above a road sign and the art-piece became self-explanatory. All you need to do is help each other and life will be easy and more comfortable giving.
Gheorghe Virtosu - Socialist Fraternal Kiss
Gheorghe Virtosu an emerging artist with an extraordinary gift of coding messages in his abstract political art pieces. Some call him 21st century Picasso. He surprises the viewer with the variety of the subjects, as he embraces everything, from politics to religion (both Christian and Islamic), prominent figures of the modernity and past, and highly topical or permanent themes (gender, feminism). Having a biography full of dramatic and difficult situations, he courageously faces his inner challenges and sublimates the life experience into aesthetic form. The canvas Socialist Fraternal Kiss is the loud warning against the nostalgia about the USSR and ideas of socialism.
These were some of the famous artists and their more famous artworks that made a buzz in the history and have the same value today as well. Politics is a tough niche and being able to communicate or comment on it through art is surely a talent that god-gifted people are blessed with.
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