Week 13: Lecture: Art in Political Protest

This week’s reading dealt with art and how it has the power to challenge the status quo of modern society. In the article, Adorno states that, “all art is an uncommitted crime” (Eyerman). Meaning that art is always in a state that can stand up to the current society and make an issue heard. Sometimes it is more obvious than not, for examples when there is art that says one side of an issue is to blame, rather than seeing if both are to blame. And other examples can be more abstract. Artist that use art as a means to voice an issue with the politics of today include the street artist Banksy, whom I wrote my second paper on. He understands that most art pieces have a political message attached to them, which can be used effective or not. It depends on the artist, but with him, he uses it to get his points across in many accounts. Not only that but music, a form of art, can be used to quell up the oppressed and give them a common purpose. Yet there has been some criticism with artists who use their art, that has a political message, just to get their name heard, rather than the issue at hand. And the political lyrics that they provide often goes unnoticed because people are too busy listen to it for the artist, rather than the message.

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One thought on “Week 13: Lecture: Art in Political Protest

  1. keckler2

    I do not understand the quote from Eyerman about art being an uncommitted crime. If literally every piece of art is able to convey some sort of issue, and any object could be considered art by somebody, then I suppose every single object in the world is an uncommitted crime.

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