Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Politics of Art: Viva La Revolution

Revolution art stays in my mind. For some reason it stays in my mind whether I agree with the revolution or not. Probably the most revolutionary iconic photo these days is the Che photo which has launched a thousand versions. Here is a little history of the original photo...

From Wikipedia:

"Alberto Korda's famous photograph of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara entitled: Guerrillero Heroico (translates to: "Heroic Guerrilla"), was taken on March 5, 1960, in Havana, Cuba, at a memorial service for victims of the La Coubre explosion. The photo was not published internationally until seven years later. At the moment of capture, Korda has stated that he was drawn to Guevara's facial expression at the time, which was one of "absolute implacability"[2] "anger", and "pain"[3]. Years later Korda would reminisce that in his view, the photo encapsulated Che's "character, firmness, stoicism, and resoluteness."[4] Guevara was 31 at the time the photo was taken."

I also think the French Revolution has some memorable art so I included some.

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The original French Revolution painting.

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The original photo.

image The first rendition that became immortalized on shirts around the world or at least in NYC.

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Look closer at the faces because its not the same thing.

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image This might be Russian actually. Oh well.

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image Losers

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image  A little bit on the small side but it features Rush Limbaugh.

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Coldplay's new album.

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image Planet of the Apes' own Che.

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