D’Antuono completed his painting “The Talk,” seen below, so it would be available for public viewing in time for Martin Luther King Day. The controversial painter has had to cancel art shows and once decided to remove one of his paintings, “The Truth,” from New York’s Union Square Park after some people found its religious images offensive. Many of D-Antuono’s paintings are also critical of the media and American government.
The following message accompanies the painting on the artist’s website:
“It’s been 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic Selma to Montgomery marches. Contrast that progress to 2014, which saw police officers in several cities killing unarmed African Americans without risk of indictment. I doubt that Dr. King would have ever dreamed that in 2015, African American parents would still find it necessary to warn their young sons about the dangers of being black in America.”
Last year, the killings of unarmed black Americans like Michael Brown, John Crawford III, Eric Garner and 12-year-old Tamir Rice attracted major media attention. This sparked a nationwide conversation about seemingly-racially related police violence.
“A Tale of Two Hoodies,” seen below, was painted by D’Antuono in response to the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was acquitted of murder.
Michael D’Antuono is a popular white artist. According to his website, everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Pete Seeger has collected his work.
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