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Hands Up, a call to art

November 24, 2014

Not waiting on a grand jury verdict, the Alliance of Black Art Galleries announced an initiative on the killing of Michael Brown, and artists by the score have responded. When this young man was still alive, some artists from sometime back and from some other places had already heard this call to art. Here are three examples:

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These works are by Langston Hughes, by Jean-Michel Basquiat, and by Michael Dantuono.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. tiro3 permalink
    December 4, 2014 12:15 pm

    The last picture reveals a growing fear that there are far more individuals still influenced by the KKK idealogy in certain parts of the U.S. than we may have been aware of.

  2. December 4, 2014 1:29 pm

    Thank you very much for your comment, tiro3.

    Since the announcements of the grand juries decisions (as puzzling and as unanimous as they are), I’d like to give links in this comment to the work of two artists (Spike Lee and Adrian Franks), who have regarded the lives of the killed black men:

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/07/21/spike_lee_edits_eric_garner_video_together_with_death_of_radio_raheem_from.html

    http://www.adrianfranks.com/3274/4218350/home/suspicious-prism

  3. December 14, 2014 8:24 am

    Here is another call to respond:

    http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/59577

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