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Art and Politics
Posted by Graphica on 10/15/2008 7:00:28 PM (ET)
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Political events have always influenced art and the artist throughout history. Most art throughout history has been produced under the influence of state, religion and market and political power. This is why politics and art are necessarily connected. In this articles, we take a closer look at how politics has influenced art and the artist around the globe.

The Führer Speaks, Paul Padua, 1939
The Führer Speaks, Paul Padua, 1939 - The family from old to young is gathered round the Volksempfänger, an inexpensive radio receiver, listening to Hitler speak. His picture is on the wall. The religious parallels are rather plain.
Bosnia (Divided), Cedomir Kostovic, 1994
Bosnia (Divided), Cedomir Kostovic, 1994 - The division of Bosnia is represented by this violin, now in three pieces, which has been dismantled and make into a useless object, no longer capable of creating music. For Bosnia and the violin to work again, the country's three religious groups (Serbs, Croats, and Muslims) must reunite and work together.
iRaq, Copper Greene
iRaq, Copper Greene - This parody of an advertising campaign for iPod uses a horrifying image of torture from the military prison in Abu Ghraib to protest the U.S. occupation of Iraq. The designer posted these confrontational posters among the iPod posters resulting in a surprising and powerful effect.
Let My People Go, Dan Reisinger, 1969
Let My People Go, Dan Reisinger, 1969 - By adapting the communist hammer and sickle this post opposes the Soviet policy prohibiting immigration of Jews from the U.S.S.R.
Victory, Fang Chen, 1998
Victory, Fang Chen, 1998 - This artist writes of his work "The capitalized V represented by the two fingers is a universal symbol for victory and is understood by viewers of all races and cultures. According to Chinese folklore, the lines in human hands are not only records of the past but also foretell the future."
Racism, Cedomir Kostovic
Racism, Cedomir Kostovic - Simple, poignant, and powerful, this image effectively illustrates the irrationality of racism.
Human Trafficking is Modern-Day Slavery, Alex Briseno
Human Trafficking is Modern-Day Slavery, Alex Briseno - Florida Freedom Partnership is a federally funded, non-profit organization offering comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking or modern day slavery.
Fernando Botero, Abu Ghraib 57, 2005
Fernando Botero, Abu Ghraib 57, 2005. Botero, by tackling this imagery in a focused and extended series, has demonstrated not only that such things can be represented in art but also that a figurative, cartoonish idiom may be the most powerful means of representing modern atrocity.
Phil Hanson, Value of Blood, 2007
Phil Hanson, Value of Blood, 2007 - 500ml of the artist's own blood was used to make this picture of Kim Jong-il on a canvas of 6,000 bandages.
Obama Mania
Unknown Artist - The 2008 Presidential Campaign has spurred an Obama-Mania from t-shirts to shoes! Here the picture of Presidential Democratic Nominee Barack Obama is portrayed in an Andy Warhol-like portrait.
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