Painting Against Torture

Fohn Nava

in Speaking about Torture

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242245
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823242283 | DOI:
Painting Against Torture

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This chapter describes the circumstances surrounding the making of the two paintings from the series “Neo-Icons” that are included in the book, “Signing Statement Law or An Alternate Set of Procedures” (“America tortures”) and “Our Torture is Better than Their Torture.” During the headlong rush to war following the attacks of 9/11, millions of people both in America and across the world took to the streets in opposition to the reckless hubris of the U.S. president and his men. Some of the “Neo-Icons” record the language of those protests. However, when the paintings’ first exhibition in Santa Barbara in Fall 2006 was announced, after and despite years of news stories from Abu Ghraib to “Gitmo,” the art gallery endured weeks of threats and editorial attacks.

Keywords: 9/11; Abu Ghraib; Guantánamo; Bay Prison Camp; George W. Bush; Barack Obama; Modern art; Santa Barbara; Sullivan Goss Gallery; Matisse

Chapter.  888 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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