ART AND DISSENT
THE SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART
FEBRUARY 10 – APRIL 15
Drawn from the Saint Louis University Museum of Art’s permanent print collection, the exhibition examines dissent expressed by artists of various periods and cultural backgrounds. Selected artworks include prints by Francisco Goya; Roberto Matta; Richard Hamilton; Ed Paschke; and other artists who deal with strife through art.
An opening reception will be held at 5 ― 7 p.m. on Friday, February 10.
Using the common marker of visual art, each artist offers his or her own perspective of dissent ― some are subtle, while others are more obvious, and range from simple discord, to indifference, to rebellion.
Paschke (1939 ― 2004) takes iconic figures and recasts them to dismantle the glamorous façade of America, and instead, highlights the trappings of fame, money, and power.
Though Francisco Goya (1746 ― 1828) and Richard Hamilton (1922 ― 2011) are separated by language, culture, and time, they share an artistic commentary on the violence that comes from tumultuous social and political climates.
Roberto Matta (1911 ― 2002) expresses the human struggle with modern machinery. He uses vibrant color and even clay in his paintings to add dimension and emphasize distortions that help to convey his artistic commentary.