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Artist of the moment……Brett Murray….

Brett Murray is artist born in 1961 in the city or Pretoria, South Africa. He has made himself famous for portraying life as a white person in South Africa after apartheid has taken place. His most famous work was that of the president of  South Africa the country, he painted the artist with his genitals exposed. This work was vandalized and this gave Murray a shot to stardom in the art world as a political artist and activist.

Below is his most controversial piece, called Hail to the Thief, it features President Zuma.

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For his education Murray attended the University of  South Africa at Capetown and Michaelis School of Art.

Murray was the founder  of the sculpture department at a college based out of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

A link to Brett Murray’s own website: http://www.brettmurray.co.za/

When the statue featuring a female figure alongside the Simpsons was displayed the government thought some public outrage might take place, as some organizations sued the government to prevent the display of Mr. Murray’s work.

Here we see a statue by the artist get covered in yarn. I think its great to see that the public is so excited to interact with a work of art. Just great!

In this clip we see the most controversial incident ever involving the artist with the President Zumba of South Africa. The African National Congress went after Murray with vigor for his not so delightful painting of the President. It is paintings like this that have earned him the nickname of the “Demon of Pop Art. ”

 

If I were to compare his work to other artists that deal with race except from a person of colors point of view and in both artists racism in the United States. One artist that comes to mind would be Kara Walker. Walker is highly sought after by collectors including Oprah Winfrey for her silhouette paper and canvas cutouts. These works take us back to a time when no one wanted to be black and the darker your skin color. Her works emphasize the bad thoughts and ideas that sometimes come from people not only slavery, but also other touchy subjects such as rape. Below is wonderful example of Kara Walker’s signature style.

 

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Now lets take a closer look at Kerry James Marshall’s artwork which features race and also makes political commentary. With this work we see important people in the history of the United States as far as barriers being broken. We see such people as John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, and  Martin Luther King given wings, they are angels with their spirits always hanging over us.  Marshall was born in Birmingham, Alabama in the year 1955. This was the height of racism in the south of the United States.

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Its very interesting to see how race is handled in different parts of the globe, sometimes I get tired of the slavery themes used by Kara Walker, so when it comes to race and current political themes its great to compare South Africa to the United States as both have begun to heal the many wounds caused by slavery.

 

My computer is nearly fixed so I will soon be back to daily posts, until then I have to post when I have the opportunity to borrow  a computer.

 

Make sure and set aside some time today to paint or draw to make this a fantastic weekend!

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