Robbie Conal Portrait - Fernando Valenzuela (Breathe Through Your Eyelids)
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Robbie Conal
Fernando Valenzuela (Breathe Through Your Eyelids)

2007

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The work is framed. This portrait of the legendary Dodgers pitcher was made as part of his skeleton baseball player series. Robbie Conal is one of the most cutting political commentators of our time. During many pivotal events of history, whether it be the Iran-Contra affair, the Lewinsky scandal, or Bush’s Iraq War, he expressed his dissent through spates of artworks that are printed and plastered across America. In 1986, angered by the Reagan Administration’s abuse of political power in the name of representative democracy, Conal set aside his training in abstract expressionism and began making black and white, unflattering, satirical oil portraits of politicians and bureaucrats, starting his first public art project, “Men With No Lips.” The paintings of Ronald Reagan and his cabinet pushed Conal to take his art to the streets. Raised by parents who were union organizers, Conal was well versed in political protest. Responding to the inadequate reach of gallery walls, Conal developed an irregular guerrilla army of volunteers who helped him poster the streets of major cities around the country. In “Guerrilla Etiquette + Postering Techniques” Conal explains that the work is for “the general public who feel they have no avenues of resistance to the dominant power structure, no community support system, no ability to change their situation.” Over the past 35 years, Conal has made more than 100 street posters satirizing politicians of all stripes, televangelists, the news and entertainment media, and global capitalists. With his unique brand of humor and insight, he has also taken on subjects like censorship, war, social injustice, and environmental issues. “His art is outrageous, unsparing, and constitutes a welcome offering to the struggles of Americans against war and injustice . . . his art is therefore to be celebrated by all who see the marriage of art and politics as playing a vital role in the movement toward a just society.” —Howard Zinn, author of The People's History of the United States

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    Condition is excellent. Framed and museum mounted on archival board.
  • Dimensions
    H 60 in. x W 44 in.H 152.4 cm x W 111.76 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU121624392232
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