Art And Response
Michael D’Antuono’s art is meant to challenge people to think more deeply about serious issues and inspire them to improve sociopolitical conditions. The paintings and the site are meant to encourage meaningful discourse. We encourage you to have your voice heard and welcome your thoughts under each piece of art.
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Michael Speaks on Activism & The Arts

February 14th, 2015

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Come join Michael at Worcester State University on Friday, April 17, 2015 for “A NIght of Activism and the Arts” where he will exhibit some of his best known paintings and speak about the impact art can have on social movements. This event is free and open to the public.

Vibe | Artist Michael D’Antuono Depicts ‘The Talk’ Black Parents Have With Their Son About Police

January 20th, 2015

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By: Shenequa Golding

Black mothers and fathers across the country at some point have had to have “the talk” with their sons, to teach them how to act when encountering police, and most importantly, how to stay alive.

Artist Michael D’ Antuono created a powerful painting portraying what many African-American parents experience when trying to explain to their sons the gross injustice surrounding the killings of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice or the many other young black men killed by the hands of law enforcement. (more…)

EclectaBlog | On MLK Day Michael D’Antuono’s art depicts how far we have yet to go on race relations in America

January 19th, 2015

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As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day across the country, artist Michael D’Antuono released his latest painting called “The Talk”. Here’s what D’Antuono has to say about his piece:

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The Grio | White artist portrays ‘The Talk’ black parents have in powerful painting

January 19th, 2015

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“How do you explain to a kid that the world isn’t fair? That it isn’t safe?” artist Michael D’Antuono asks, referring to his latest painting, The Talk.

In the painting, no one in the room is smiling. Not Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Not President Obama. Not the mother and father who lean in towards their young black son to have “the talk.” The only ones smiling aren’t in the room; they’re on TV — a once bubbly but now deceased black boy sporting a hoodie and an older white cop, sporting his officer’s uniform and a smug grin. The news title flashing on the TV screen explains the strained mood: “No Indictment in Police Shooting of Unarmed Youth.”  (more…)

JET | “The Talk”

January 19th, 2015

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Art and response go hand-in-hand. Viewing an image or painting that evokes emotion and provokes thought that encourages conversation goes a long way in terms of deepening understanding of perception and society. (more…)

Global Grind | It’s Time To Make Dr. King’s Dream A Reality

January 15th, 2015

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In honor of Martin Luther King Day, activist artist Michael D’Antuono is releasing “The Talk,” his painting highlighting the inconsistent progress America has made concerning racial justice since Dr. King’s historic Selma to Montgomery marches. Here, he writes about the inspiration behind the powerful painting.

Martin Luther King made great strides for racial equality, and a speech that will always be remembered. We will always be grateful for his accomplishments and sacrifice. My concern is that, while things are better now than they were in the 60’s, some events of the last couple of years have made me wonder if some of Dr. King’s progress is being intentionally eroded.  (more…)