Political art can be defined as artworks with political figures andtopics that are used to express a critique of the status quo. Thepolitical artists represent various points of view regarding socialstandards and global politics. Satire, propaganda, protest andsociopolitical expression are the most important aspects of politicalart.
Regarding political art in 2016, most of the works are centered onthe United States presidential elections. The artists use their workto express their point of view regarding a particular candidate thatis Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Some artwork addresses thesociopolitical issues such as “Banksy, Mural at Clacton-on-Sea”which addresses the sociopolitical issue about immigrants. The 2016elections have provided a lot of ideas for political artists andvisually minded activists who have utilized it as an opportunity tosay meaningful things during the campaign season. Art installationsand performances taking the form of partisan provocations, neutralcivic forums, and all other types in between are cropping up dailyand will still continue until the elections happen.
The historic artwork by Picasso Guernica immediately after theNazi’s bombed the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish CivilWar. The painting is a mural-size canvas painted in oil that is 11fttall and 25.6 ft wide.It illustrates the tragedies of war and thesuffering it implicates on civilians. The painting is different fromcontemporary art. Contemporary art has embraced technology as mostartists use computer aided programs to help them come up with theirartwork. The art openly refers to a political issue or featuresclearly a political content. However, it shows some inert pigment onthe surface acting as a mere passive object. Contemporary artists docreate art that is more active and involving rather than it showingsome inertness.
Pablo Picasso. (n.d). Guernica, 1937 by Pablo Picasso. Retrieved fromhttp://www.pablopicasso.org/guernica.jsp