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The Artist as Social Critic

February 25 through April 22, 2006

Opening Reception: Saturday February 25, 2 to 5pm

DAUMIER Les Honneurs du Pantheon
HOWARD Working Woman

Our show spans 150 years of social criticism through art.  Lithographs by the pre-eminent critic of the 19th century in France,

HONORE DAUMIER, were avidly followed in political journals Le Charvari and La Caricature, where a ‘rogues gallery’

of Les Honneurs du Pantheon is depicted.

From Austria, MAX POLLAK’s etching, Judengasse (Jewish Alley) depicts narrow cobblestone streets in Vienna’s Jewish sector. 

WERNER DREWES, who was born in Germany but moved to the United States in the early 1930s, tackles the chilling rise

of Nazism in Germany in his 1934 series of woodcuts, It Can’t Happen Here.  The warning of the political situation is even

more overt in his 1937 woodcut Hitler as Scarecrow.  Across the Atlantic, ANGEL BRACHO celebrates Victoria! over

Hitler’s fascism in his woodcut poster of 1945.

Portaiture is an effective ‘language’ for political issues.  JOHN LANGLEY HOWARD’s Working Woman represents the

Depression-era with a bust of a tired, resigned older matron.  A generation later, JOHN BERNHARDT and JAMES GILL

both presented portraits of Demagogues, Gill adapting a video image of Senator Joseph McCarthy and Bernhardt depicting

his preacher-father.

Political themes have always been prevalent Latin American art.  We present several works by Latin artists, particularly

those who were active with the Taller de Grafica Popular in Mexico City.  RAUL ANGIUANO’s monumental depiction of a

Lacandones Indian in a raped landscape speaks of the massive deforestation of Central Mexico in the 1950s and 1960s.  

JOSE CLEMENTE OROZCO celebrates the men who fought alongside Emilio Zapata during the Mexican Revolution

in the early 20th century.

BETYE SAAR’s National Racism and GEORGE HERMS ‘92 ‘Ore bring us into contemporary days...and the beat goes on!

DREWES Composition X
BRACHO Victoria
GILL The Demagogue
BERNHARDT The Demagogue and the Preacher
OROZCO Zapatistas
SAAR National Racism
HERMS 92 Ore
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