Friday, June 25, 2010

Art imitates strife

Michelle Marder Kamhi, Wall Street Journal:

True, works of visual art have often protested injustice. Examples such as Picasso's "Guernica" (representing the suffering of a village bombed during the Spanish Civil War) and Goya's "Third of May" (depicting Spanish patriots facing a brutal firing squad of Napoleonic invaders) come to mind.

The author is fond of using the term "neo-Marxist" in this piece, so here is a bit of it in reply: Could there be some material basis for those works of "protest art" which "come to mind" for Wall Street Journal contributors? I mean, they don't like art that protests the effects of NAFTA by supplying would-be immigrants with sneakers and medicine? Really?

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