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This essay explores the question do art and politics mix According to Brett whitely Art and politics dont happily mix which implies that art in more readily accepted when it conveys images of beauty rather than a typical political agenda which makes up much of modern art This statement stems from Brett whitelys disappointment with the negative response received for his American Dream This large-scale painting was about the fall of American society especially the way the country was being torn apart by the Vietnam War He had hoped to influence social change by the way of his art which he hoped would be powerful enough to raise public consciousness This example demonstrates that it isnt really enough for the artist to have great intentions but that it depends on the openness of the audience to receive the message and this way art becomes a two-way dialog Art in its truest form is a reflection of the society we live in if looking at the styles of art through different eras and economic crisis it becomes evident of how much society affects their art works A good example of this is during world wars I and II The artwork all entails the desire for freedom the injustice in the world and the grief caused by death and destruction As politics are related to social issues its obvious that art and politics will overlap Necessities such as funding for arts centers and galleries are required by the government and if the government does not approve the artwork it simply wont get the money it deserves Even such simple things as art supplies to schools have to be approved by the government again for the funding Art is very much a target of social critique the general public may not understand that art is a personal feeling a way of releasing yourself it is not something that somebody can tell you whats wrong with it and
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