INDEPENDENT.IE | Carol Hunt:
There’s a powerful argument to be had for saying all art is political. Some artists may disagree, but historically there’s a lot of evidence showing the impact of art when used as a weapon against oppression, injustice and inequality, however opaquely or inadvertently. Even when there’s no overt political intent, art will always mirror or challenge a society’s norms and values. As Nina Simone said: “How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?” Which is why there’s often an uneasy relationship between the status quo and artists. Nothing can point up the Emperor’s New Clothes as effectively as a novel, play, painting, song or cartoon can… Read more
Image: The galleries of delight: Viewing a Tamara de Lempicka painting prior to a sale at Sotheby’s in London — where art is serious business. But has our Government forgotten about the importance of art for any society?