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Art as a Political Tool

The artist, as a faithful observer of today's world, translates, externalizes and materializes his emotions to open a dialogue with the general public. Different periods of history and their multiple conflicts and protests have given birth to a good number of creations tinged with a strong political message. Therefore, new forms of political action and social criticism have diversified the artistic field.


Art as a political tool takes on its full meaning in the contemporary world, as every word and gesture of political leaders is highly mediatized. Uninhibited globalization since the 1980s and the rise of new technologies at the dawn of the 2000s have allowed for a massive diffusion of both things that have been said and works of art.


The consumption of art via a multitude of new and increasingly global channels, such as the cinema or social networks, has made this type of art more accessible. Once addressed to intellectuals and private circles, it is now within reach for the whole world.


But political art, like the issues it tries to bring to light, is multifaceted. The artist who is part of a political process can communicate a message in different forms. They can choose traditional or more original mediums or between figurative or subjective representation...


Indeed, paintings, sculptures and photographs can be real means of persuasion. Implemented to propagate an opinion, ideology or to trigger the adoption of behaviors within the public, these works belong to the very concept of art as propaganda.


Less authoritarian, engaged art defends a cause and takes a stand on a problem without trying to persuade its audience. It can be found being used to help several political-social causes (feminism, struggles against minority discrimination...). But also in various artistic movements, such as cubism, notably in Pablo Picasso's work, as well as in Pop Art and street art.


Finally, political art can be similar to an action of mediation, aiming to facilitate the circulation of information, or what we call the art intervention. This form of art (a branch of political art), uses the sociological environment as its source by integrating itself in the public space.


The art intervention does not try to inflict any moralizing logic. It is not a question of imposing an ideology. Instead it questions today's society, while being established particularly in the streets. Between testimony and denunciation, street art allows a certain freedom of interpretation, encouraging reflection and peaceful awareness. JR, Banksy, Miss Tic... There are countless politically active street artists. 


Can we combine the history of art and political science? Many works have played a decisive role in the political world. Each one, to varying degrees, has been able to influence certain social, ecological and economic problems... Art as a political factor has therefore changed the world's collective life and the perspectives of many institutions.


Artsper has selected for you some works by politically engaged artists who cannot be ignored. Starting with Shepard Fairey, known under the pseudonym OBEY, whose viral silkscreens in favor of Obama were a key factor in boosting popularity with the president. But also Mr. Brainwash, pop artist and major player in the urban art scene. His stencil and graffiti works, take joy in hijacking and desecrating highly glorified monuments with fantasy and humor. Don't wait any longer to discover these colorful works concealing a strong political message!

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In time for Christmas
Bernard Pras, 185 - We can do it, Photography

Bernard Pras

185 - We can do it, 2017
41.7 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$ 6,193

In time for Christmas
Icy & Sot, Unforced Hejab, Painting

Icy & Sot

Unforced Hejab, 2016
25 x 19 x 0 inch
Painting

$ 3,716

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John Yuyi, Pay 3, Photography

John Yuyi

Pay 3, 2018
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$ 5,945

In time for Christmas
Caiozzama, Feliznavidead, Print

Caiozzama

Feliznavidead, 2019
19.7 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$ 3,344

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Bambi Artist, Mandela Blue, Print

Bambi Artist

Mandela Blue, 2012
39 x 26 inch
Print

$ 6,200

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John Hopkins (Hoppy), Dr Martin Luther King, Notting Hill, London, Photography

John Hopkins (Hoppy)

Dr Martin Luther King, Notting Hill, London, 1964
20 x 16 inch
Photography

$ 1,548

Pablo Caviedes, On the Map Obama’s Portrait in 3D, Painting

Pablo Caviedes

On the Map Obama’s Portrait in 3D, 2016
70 x 70 x 20 inch
Painting

$ 70,000

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Chris Britz, Obama, Drawing

Chris Britz

Obama, 2008
30 x 22.5 inch
Drawing

$ 9,000

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C215, Liberté, Print

C215

Liberté, 2020
15.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$ 743

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JR, 28 Millimetres, Face 2 Face, Nuns in Action, Separation Wall, Security Fence, Palestinian Side, Bethlehem, 2007, Print

JR

28 Millimetres, Face 2 Face, Nuns in Action, Separation Wall, Security Fence, Palestinian Side, Bethlehem, 2007, 2018
18.1 x 12.6 x 0 inch
Print

$ 2,205

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Bernard Pras, Ernesto, Photography

Bernard Pras

Ernesto, 2014
41.3 x 33.9 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$ 6,193

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Jean-Philippe Berger, Révolution en figuration libre, Painting

Jean-Philippe Berger

Révolution en figuration libre, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 372

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Cleon Peterson, Little Man Big Man Putin Trump (Gold), Print

Cleon Peterson

Little Man Big Man Putin Trump (Gold), 2018
24 x 17.9 inch
Print

$ 619

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Cleon Peterson, Useless Idiot Red, Print

Cleon Peterson

Useless Idiot Red, 2019
24 x 18.1 x 0 inch
Print

$ 545

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Rosalie Ballester, Le mythe, Painting

Rosalie Ballester

Le mythe, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Painting

$ 347

In time for Christmas
Karl Lagasse, One dollar original, Sculpture

Karl Lagasse

One dollar original, 2020
8.3 x 17.5 x 0.1 inch
Sculpture

$ 4,211

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Nebay, Black Lives Matter, Painting

Nebay

Black Lives Matter, 2020
45.7 x 35 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 4,954

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Onemizer, Le Mont Rushmore et les Présidents, Painting

Onemizer

Le Mont Rushmore et les Présidents, 2019
38.2 x 63.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 14,738

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Mr. Brainwash, The world is beautiful, Print

Mr. Brainwash

The world is beautiful, 2020
30 x 22 inch
Print

$ 3,096

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Le Closier, Mount Rockmore, Painting

Le Closier

Mount Rockmore, 2020
35.8 x 47.6 x 0.7 inch
Painting

$ 2,229

In time for Christmas
Dan Witz, Civil War Cosplay (M), Painting

Dan Witz

Civil War Cosplay (M), 2020
42 x 32 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 11,147

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Dan Witz, Hershey Pa, Painting

Dan Witz

Hershey Pa, 2020
48 x 60 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 29,725

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John Yuyi, Pay 2, Photography

John Yuyi

Pay 2, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$ 1,672

In time for Christmas
Jonas Wood, Vote, Print

Jonas Wood

Vote, 2018
15.7 x 9.8 inch
Print

$ 4,870

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Myriam Baudin, Chair à médias pour vampire Bunny, Painting

Myriam Baudin

Chair à médias pour vampire Bunny, 2018
63.8 x 51.2 inch
Painting

$ 11,147

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Myriam Baudin, Homo Americanus Evolution, Painting

Myriam Baudin

Homo Americanus Evolution, 2013
39.4 x 31.9 inch
Painting

$ 5,573

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Frédérique Assaël, Mr Président (Macron), Painting

Frédérique Assaël

Mr Président (Macron), 2018
39.4 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 5,450

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Cleon Peterson, Trump 2017 (Gold & White), Print

Cleon Peterson

Trump 2017 (Gold & White), 2017
36 x 27.5 inch
Print

$ 1,000

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Emma Donaldson, Donald and Kim, Painting

Emma Donaldson

Donald and Kim, 2017
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 124

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John Hopkins (Hoppy), Malcolm X speaks in Notting Hill, London, 1964, Photography

John Hopkins (Hoppy)

Malcolm X speaks in Notting Hill, London, 1964, 1964
20 x 16 inch
Photography

$ 1,548

Fuh-mi, Cancel !!, Painting

Fuh-mi

Cancel !!, 2020
39.4 x 28.7 x 0 inch
Painting

$ 900

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Thomas Dellert, War Kills (Anti War Art), Print

Thomas Dellert

War Kills (Anti War Art), 2003
23.6 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Print

$ 495

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James Earley, Rage Against The State, Painting

James Earley

Rage Against The State, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,982

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Ellis, Cover Up, Print

Ellis

Cover Up, 2020
18.9 x 18.9 x 2 inch
Print

$ 410

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Sax Berlin, Don't Shoot: Take Knee, Painting

Sax Berlin

Don't Shoot: Take Knee, 2020
48 x 36 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 15,482

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Sax Berlin, Black lives matter, Painting

Sax Berlin

Black lives matter, 2020
30 x 24 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 6,193

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Art Grafts, Yes She Can, Print

Art Grafts

Yes She Can, 2019
24 x 20 inch
Print

$ 991

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Art Grafts, Fake News, Print

Art Grafts

Fake News, 2018
24 x 20 inch
Print

$ 991

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Thomas Dellert, Exchange Office USA ( Satirical art ), Photography

Thomas Dellert

Exchange Office USA ( Satirical art ), 2016
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 495

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Art Grafts, Illegal Tender, Print

Art Grafts

Illegal Tender, 2011
15 x 32 inch
Print

$ 1,486

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Art Grafts, Washington Weave, Print

Art Grafts

Washington Weave, 2008
26 x 44 inch
Print

$ 1,486

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Anne Mondy, Jacques Chirac, Painting

Anne Mondy

Jacques Chirac, 2019
31.5 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 3,406

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Ellis, Yeehaw!, Painting

Ellis

Yeehaw!, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 3.9 inch
Painting

$ 1,106

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James Earley, American History, Painting

James Earley

American History, 2020
36.6 x 47.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 7,357 $ 8,174

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Frank Schroeder, Black Politics (Act 4), Painting

Frank Schroeder

Black Politics (Act 4), 2020
27.2 x 18.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,530

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Armin Boehm, The End of Politics, Painting

Armin Boehm

The End of Politics, 2018
63 x 70.9 inch
Painting

$ 43,348

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Imperial Glory, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Imperial Glory, 2011
24 x 18.1 inch
Print

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Mr. Brainwash, Hope, Print

Mr. Brainwash

Hope, 2020
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

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Jean-Philippe Berger, Madiba, Painting

Jean-Philippe Berger

Madiba, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Shepard Fairey (Obey), Vote, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Vote, 2008
38.6 x 26 inch
Print

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Our recommendations Shepard Fairey (Obey), Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, 2016
24 x 18 inch
Print

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RS Artist, Barrack, Photography

RS Artist

Barrack, 2020
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

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Mr. Brainwash, Obama Superman - Silver Edition, Print

Mr. Brainwash

Obama Superman - Silver Edition, 2008
43.7 x 31.9 inch
Print

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Karl Lagasse, One dollar black, Sculpture

Karl Lagasse

One dollar black, 2015
9.8 x 22.8 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

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Le Closier, Viva la revolucion, Painting

Le Closier

Viva la revolucion, 2020
39.8 x 29.9 x 0.6 inch
Painting

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Mr. Brainwash, President's Day Bandanna Edition, Print

Mr. Brainwash

President's Day Bandanna Edition, 2018
24 x 18 inch
Print

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Eklektik, Equality, Painting

Eklektik

Equality, 2020
27.6 x 27.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Eklektik, Free, Painting

Eklektik

Free, 2020
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Painting

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Bambi Artist, Lie Lie Land, Print

Bambi Artist

Lie Lie Land, 2018
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

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