Great art speaks: perspective for policymakers

My favorite installation at the 2008 Biennial (www.whitney.org) was “Divine Violence” (2007) by Daniel Joseph Martinez. The installation consumes a very large room with yellow panels on every wall from floor to ceiling, creating a mausoleum-like environment. Centered on each panel are the names of 20th- and 21st-century government or revolutionary groups (e.g., KGB, Khmer Rouge, Tamil Tigers, al Qaeda, CIA, and many more). It reminded me of the old saying: One man’s cause is another man’s cause for revolution.

http://whitney.org/www/2008biennial/www/?section=artists&page=artist_martinez

Today’s leaders responsible for foreign and domestic policy should visit this installation. It embraces and conveys history, perspective and context.

Great art speaks for itself.

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