ART AS A WEAPON
An account by Franz Seiwert and the 'Cologne Progressives' on 'Art as a Weapon"
"Art has a long history of use as a propaganda weapon by the powerful, who have patronized particular forms of art and particular artists as a means of enhancing or glorifying their own position. The icon-like portraits of Queen Elizabeth I provide an obvious example, as artists were forbidden to paint other than an officially approved likeness."
..."More recently, the harnessing of art to commodity production - to sell products and create a particular, favorable image of the multi-national corporation is a phenomenon we are all familiar with. Occasionally, however, attempts have been made to transform art into a political weapon; to use it as a means of overthrowing a cruel and unjust social system."
It is in this theme that Smoke and Mirrors Gallery presents the Exhibition "Art as a Weapon."
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