War and empire art exhibition in the USA

Another video from the USA says about itself:

Iraq War Veterans and Viet Nam Veterans join with a Local Peace Initiative to bring international attention to the struggle of that Ansbach Community’s just struggle against the Iraq War and all War preparations taking place right in their own community. Ansbach is the “home” of the “12th Combat Aviation Brigade”. That unit plans to bring death and destruction to the People of Iraq and perhaps even to the People of Iran in the coming weeks as they group to deploy.

From ART FOR A CHANGE blog in the USA:

All three floors of the beautiful turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts building that houses the Meridian Gallery in San Francisco, California, were packed full of people during the September 4th, 2008, opening reception of the Meridian’s War & Empire exhibition. As the show runs until election night on November 4th, consider this pithy article to be merely the briefest of updates on what has truly turned out to be a landmark show. …

For those who thirst for press reviews of the exhibition, here is a short blurb from ArtBusiness.com [scroll down], a website that covers exhibit openings in the San Francisco Bay area of California. Reviewer Alan Bamberger wrote that the War & Empire show: “(…) cries out in opposition to the catastrophic domestic disasters of recent years including war, reduced personal freedoms, the concentration of wealth among the few at the expense of the many, environmental degradation, and more. Three floors of overwhelmingly well-placed outrage exemplify freedom of speech at its finest – take advantage of it while we still have it.” Of course Bamberger is correct, but even his exclamatory remarks fail to convey the depth and breadth of this extraordinary exhibition. …

In War & Empire, one is treated to the humorous and Zen-like figurative minimalism of maverick William T. Wiley, the ominous metal and glass sculptures of Bella Feldman; which seem like the malevolent war toys of children from some militaristic alien race, and the raw and inflamed Abu Ghraib canvases of Fernando Botero; which up close possess a refined painterly quality reminiscent of Eugène Delacroix. There are many handmade prints in the show, running the gambit from Fernando Marti’s marvelous color etching, Poppies; a meditation on the linkage between the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan on the proliferation of heroin-producing poppy fields in that country – to Art Hazelwood’s devastating Fallujah, an expressionist-like woodcut that depicts massacred civilians beneath the rubble of that unfortunate war-ruined city in Iraq’s Al Anbar province.

Update 24 October 2008: here.

2 thoughts on “War and empire art exhibition in the USA

  1. Hi Kitty, I’ve got this one marked on my calendar. It’s a somewhat long (but healthy!) walk from work to the gallery. I can probably make it on my break. I’m sorry I missed Botero in Berkeley, but that is a little too far out of my way. By the way, your post on fly agaric was a little more psychedelic than your usual.


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