November 4, 2016 Back To News

Politics and Art

The upcoming election on November 8th will impact billions of people – here are some of our favorite artworks that we feel have chronicled momentous political events in history, or have something important to say.

Marin Majic picks
The Death of Marat
Jacques-Louis David, 1793


Marin Majic comments: “His violent relentless prosecution caught up with him”.

Todd Murphy picks
Pablo Picasso, 1937
Todd Murphy comments: “The Spanish city of Guernica was bombed on 26 April 1937. As a response to the devastation, Picasso painted this masterpiece. When a German Nazi officer asked Picasso, ‘did you make this?’, Picasso famously replied ‘No. You did.'”

Jong Oh picks
Your Land / My Land: Election ’12
Jonathan Horowitz, 2012
Jong Oh comments: “I keep thinking of Jonathan Horowitz’s installation “You Land/My Land” which I saw in New Museum.”

Paul Pretzer picks
Der Krieg (“War”)
Otto Dix, 1929-1932
Paul Pretzer comments: “Dix’s apocalyptic anti-war triptych is a manifesto against war that shows what we should never repeat again.”

Chris Jones picks
The Coral Reef
Mike Nelson, 2000
Chris Jones comments: “This installation, like much of Mike Nelson’s work, makes you question where you are, where you’ve been and quite often where you’re allowed to be, leading to a creeping sense of displacement and disorientation.”

Emil Alzamora picks
The Third of May
Goya, 1808
Emil Alzamora comments: “This and a number of plates for printing were part of a series of works described as a “prodigious flowering of rage” that were not made public in any meaningful way until 35 years after the artist died when it was deemed safe enough to publish and distribute them.”

Ken Tan picks
City Limits
Philip Guston, 1969
Ken Tan comments: “Going about town, just up to no good.”

Tim Hawkinson picks
Marcuse Piece
Robert Barry, 1970-Present
Tim Hawkinson comments: “The artwork itself says it all.”

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