Throughout history, art has been a means of political expression. Many iconic works of art have been produced in reaction to periods of political turmoil. Goya’s May 3rd (1808) and Picasso’s Guernica are examples of this. Following in the footsteps of their predecessors, contemporary artists continue to take up themes that are relevant today. From globalization to climate change to war, their views are poignant testimonies and positions.

Artsper has selected for you ten artists for whom, at a time when the world is turning away from the cruelty that is beyond it, the poetic is political.

{JOSÉ NICOLAS}

 JOSÉ NICOLAS, Anti-American demonstration - Paris, 1986
JOSÉ NICOLAS, Anti-American demonstration – Paris, 1986


{MAX PAPESCHI}

 MAX PAPESCHI, Hot Dog Walking, 2013
MAX PAPESCHI, Hot Dog Walking, 2013

{OBEY}

 SHEPARD FAIREY (OBEY), Vote Obama, 2008
SHEPARD FAIREY (OBEY), Vote Obama, 2008


{ERWIN BLUMENFELD}

 ERWIN BLUMENFELD, Portrait of Hitler and a Skull [overlay], 1971, Proposed by Jonathan F. Kugel
ERWIN BLUMENFELD, Portrait of Hitler and a Skull [overlay], 1971, Proposed by Jonathan F. Kugel


{GILLES LANGE}

 GILLES LANGE, Palestine, 2015
GILLES LANGE, Palestine, 2015

{JR}

 JR, 28 MILLIMETERS, WOMEN ARE HEROES ACTION IN PHNOM PENH, PENG PANH, 2011
JR, 28 MILLIMETERS, WOMEN ARE HEROES ACTION IN PHNOM PENH, PENG PANH, 2011

{CHRIS MORIN-EITNER}

 CHRIS MORIN-EITNER, Breaking News JFK Dallas, 2014
CHRIS MORIN-EITNER, Breaking News JFK Dallas, 2014

{XAVIER-ALEXANDRE PONS}

 XAVIER-ALEXANDRE PONS, Not afraid, 2015, Proposed by Chromia
XAVIER-ALEXANDRE PONS, Not afraid, 2015, Proposed by Chromia

{PIERRE LAMALATTIE}

 PIERRE LAMALATTIE, Anyway, she was tired of this rotten job, always on the move, 2016
PIERRE LAMALATTIE, Anyway, she was tired of this rotten job, always on the move, 2016

{THIBAULT LAGET-RO}

THIBAULT LAGET-RO, The illusion of his destiny, 2015, Proposed by Galerie Couteron

{ANTONIO SÉGUI}

Liban - Beyrouth 1982 Les enfants tirent ö la Kalachnikov devant la presse.
Liban – Beyrouth 1982 Les enfants tirent ö la Kalachnikov devant la presse.

{HELDER BATISTA}

HELDER BATISTA, Inclusion Mini Gun URSS, 2015, Proposed by GALERIE Eric & Valérie GALEA