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Sun Times Network

February 16th, 2016

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From having artwork banned from eBay to family members receiving threatening letters, what Michael D’Antuono paints is not for the faint of heart. The New Yorker took time to speak with Sun-Times Network about what made him so passionate about political, social and environmental issues, and his upcoming documentary “Black In(justice).”

Shamontiel Vaughn: What was your very first piece of art? Inspiration for it?

Michael D’Antuono: I’ve been making art since I was big enough to hold a pencil. The first piece I remember that obtained the high honor of making it to the refrigerator door was an unmistakable likeness of my grandfather, complete with cap and cane. I was about three or four years old at the time of that accomplishment. The piece had absolutely no social significance.

(In reference to) political paintings, “The Truth” — my portrait of President Obama standing in front of the presidential seal wearing a thorn of crowns was my first political piece. The inspiration for that was the polar opposite accounts on the president rendered by different news organizations and the divisional effect on the masses.

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“What’s Right, What’s Left: Democracy in America”

January 23rd, 2016

what's right opening wideWhat’s Right, What’s Left: Democracy in America: I was happy to lend my painting, “Blood Money” to this meaningful Chelsea exhibit as the opening coincided with President Obama’s executive action on gun control. The opening was successful with select artists from all over the world participating. The exhibit runs January 7 – January 30, 2016 at the Phoenix Gallery Landmark Arts Building, Chelsea 548 West 28th Street, Suite 528. 

Here’s a review by Wall Street International.

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High School Teacher May Get Fired For Showing Students Controversial Image

January 12th, 2016

This is a news video about how parents overreacted to a high school teacher in Nevada using my painting, “A Tale Of Two Hoodies” to inspire critical thought. The teacher has been put on suspension and may lose her job. Students have rallied in teacher’s support.

For a recent final exam, Nevada high school teacher Elizabeth Clausen showed her students this provocative painting by artist Michael D’Antuono and asked them to use critical thinking skills to form an opinion about how the art represents American society and our country’s history. A handful of parents were outraged and now Clausen is on temporary leave and may lose her job. Some of her students are quite upset about it: (more…)

“I didn’t know teaching was a crime”

January 11th, 2016

– Teacher suspended for using art to encourage discussion over race and policing

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For a recent final exam, Nevada high school teacher Elizabeth Clausen showed her students this provocative painting by artist Michael D’Antuono and asked them to use critical thinking skills to form an opinion about how the art represents American society and our country’s history. A handful of parents were outraged and now Clausen is on temporary leave and may lose her job. Some of her students are quite upset about it: (more…)

Parents outraged after students asked to participate in controversial assignment

January 6th, 2016

DAYTON, Nev.  — One Nevada high school is prompting an apology from the school district after parents were upset their children were asked to view a controversial image for a writing assignment.

The painting used for the assignment is entitled, “A Tale of Two Hoodies.” The artist, Michael D’Antuono, claims to be one of the most controversial artist in the world.
Workman believes the teacher was attempting to provoke students to pick a side and make an argument.  (more…)

ABC News Interview at Freddie Gray Trial

December 26th, 2015

Interview with artist/activist, Michael D’Antuono by ABC news upon hearing of the mistrial of Officer Porter in the Freddie Gray trial in Baltimore.