“A politic” at Gallery XIV
From my review of “A politic” at Gallery XIV in Boston:
There’s nothing like a brouhaha to make art feel relevant. And the Boston art scene has just been blessed by two. First, Gallery XIV caused a stir with its “a politic” show, the first thing it’s really done to turn heads since it opened last fall. Let’s hope that’s the beginning of something. …Read the rest here.
The Gallery XIV show has 40 artists exploring political themes. That didn’t freak anyone out. What got people in a tizzy was an appearance at the July 2 opening by New Jersey’s Ron English, who’s (in)famous for (illegally) pasting over commercial billboards with his own slogans: “Jihad is Over! (If you want it)”; “Jesus drove an SUV/Mohammad pumped his gas/The new H2 Hummer”; “Support our CEOs.” (An outdoor video screening at the gallery on July 25 will include Pedro Caravajal’s documentary “POPaganda: The Art and Crimes of Ron English.”)
That evening, on a construction fence across the street from the gallery (with permission from the landlord), English pasted up 11 13-foot-tall reproductions of his painting “Abraham Obama,” [pictured at top] which merges the features of President Lincoln with Barack’s.
“A politic,” Gallery XIV, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston, July 4 to Oct. 4, 2008.
Pictured from top to bottom: Ron English, “Abraham Obama” mural; Joseph Woolfolk, “Basrah to Baghdad”; and Remedios Rapoport “Gentle Revolution Mobile.”