The GI Bill is proof: if people have access to education and the means to live, they’ll create meaningful art.
Ben Davis is the author of 9.5 Theses on Art and Class and executive editor of Artinfo.com.
The communist Charles White created images of dignity to portray America’s working class. Now, forty years after his death, his art is back in the mainstream.
We hear throughout mainstream culture that we are permanently doomed to a squalid future. Artists should insist otherwise.