“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.” ― Leonardo da Vinci.
How did great artists protest? What kind of posters / protest art did they create? Which posters have proved effective?
In my next two blog posts I hope to get answers to these questions.
A good poster –
- Tells a story
- Simplifies the message
- Amplifies the message by using arresting images / colors and provocative language
- Focuses the eye, by making eye contact, manipulating scale, and other graphic effects
Above: Simplicity, arresting color scheme, eye contact. Brilliant.
Most protest posters are either typographic:
OR focus on one strong visual object:
“Artists Amplify the Power of Protest Signs”
Gyre, Fred Tomaselli, 2014, 60″ x 84″, photo-collage, leaves, acrylic and resin on wood panel, © 2014, courtesy of James Cohan Gallery and the artist.
Mort, Guerra de la Paz, 2010, found garments and shoes, fold-out bed, wood, dimensions variable, © 2010, courtesy of Chloe Gill, Holster Projects and the artists
“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”
― William Faulkner
Part 2 will discuss: Picasso’s politics and protest art; How the CIA funded Iranian artists, and more.