THE POWER AND EXTRAORDINARY BEAUTY OF 'POLITICAL ART'
This exhibit presents work by 4 of the Gallery's most accomplished artists, showing the wide range of styles and techniques they use to explore political ideas--- and the subtlety, power and beauty of their art. This is artwork that has influenced, or contributed to our understanding of, issues of global concern. Yet it is aesthetically and visually powerful enough to stand on its own as important contemporary art. With a bow to the impact it's had and the circumstances in which it is most often created, we call it "the Art of social and political change."
We hope this exhibit will serve to open a debate about the aesthetics of art, its meaning and social value in the 21st Century, already on track to become one of the bloodiest and most disruptive---of culture and tradition, the environment and climate---in our recorded history.
JERZY JANISZEWSKI: recent work by the artist whose now iconic logo for Solidarity became the symbol of freedom in Poland, leading to the collapse of communism and the end of the Cold War in 1991; MAREK SOBCZYK: one of the founding members of Gruppa, the anti-government artists' collective formed during the last years of communist rule, his recent work focuses on the hypocrisy and absurdity of sex, religion and politics in contemporary Poland; STEFAN BREMER: digital portraits that will forever change your perception of people with Down Syndrome and other intellectual disabilities; ANATOL ZUKERMAN: his exquisitely rendered fine art cartoons speak to the follies of global policymakers at the dawn of the 21st Century.