Politics and His Influence
September 8 – October 22, 2016
Including works by: Marina Abramović, William N. Copley, Steve DiBenedetto, Öyvind Fahlström, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Adrian Ghenie, Leon Golub, William Gropper, George Grosz, David Hartt, Jenny Holzer, Jörg Immendorff, Luis Jimenez, Martin Kippenberger, Jacob Lawrence, Glenn Ligon, Wardell Milan, Ciprian Muresan, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Faith Ringgold, Diego Rivera, Martha Rosler, Peter Saul, Serban Savu, Eugen Schönebeck, Nancy Spero, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra.
David Nolan Gallery is pleased to present George Grosz: Politics and His Influence, on view from September 8 through October 22. Centering on the artistic innovations of George Grosz, the exhibition will explore a variety of modern and contemporary artists engaging with the themes of social critique, war, and civil unrest. The exhibition will feature a room dedicated to Grosz's key early works from the 1920's through the 1940's, presented in collaboration with the George Grosz Estate.
In the main gallery we will present a group of American and European artist who were similarly affected by world events of the mid-20th century: from the conflict in Vietnam, to the Cold War and tyranny in contemporary society.
David Nolan notes, “Artists have always been involved in depicting the past and predicting the future. They help us question and reconsider darker elements in society, world figures, and nightmares through which we elevate our minds and souls. Grosz, like many other artists, was affected by this imagery, and holds a dominant position in the history of political art through his depictions of the First World War, communism, the Spanish Civil War, and the rise of Adolph Hitler. Using world events as their source material, subsequent artists have continued to address war, politics, and oppression.”