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Protest Art - Social Art: Art and Politics do Mix Liz Strang Monday 16 March 2020

Artists have always commented on the social issues of the day and there is no lack of subject matter in the 20th and 21stcentury. In dealing with the two World Wars, the horror of war rather than the glory is courageously addressed. Interesting are works on other social issues such as the rise of communism, the Spanish Civil War (Branson) and debate about Nuclear Energy (Moore). We remember British and Irish views of Northern Ireland, Racism in Britain (Offili) and the Aids epidemic (Derek Jarman), all subjects where the art is beautiful and the subject matter challenging. We now have global politics to confront with the challenging work of Ai WeiWei as well as graffiti from our own Bansky which has spread to war torn Syria and back. The emergence of Trump and his wall, immigration and refugees. These confront us daily. Whatever one’s political view point, there is much to admire and also many ideas to agree – or disagree - with.                                               

Elizabeth Strang attained a humanities degree through the Open University, with art as a main subject, specifically modern art. She was recruited as a Guide when Tate Modern opened in 2000 and has since worked at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain, covering all aspects of art. She now lectures widely, specialising in 20th century art.