Art And Response

First They Came For Obamacare

Trump, Price and Paul Ryan removing Medicare from patientMarch 17, 2017 – Paul Ryan’s proposed healthcare budget repeals and replaces Obamacare with tax credits that reduces the federal budget by 337 billion dollars, leaves 24 million people uninsured, and gives tax breaks to the rich. He promises better insurance, but how can that be true if the federal government takes that much money out of the healthcare budget. Ryan has stated that healthcare is not a right or the responsibility of the government. That means we are on our own, vulnerable to losing our life savings or life should we need an operation or other medical emergency we can not afford.  Under the Ryan plan, the very rich survive and the rest of us…

With the “fuck ’em” attitude shared by Ryan, Price and Trump towards healthcare, how much longer will it be before they repeal and replace Medicare with a tax credit that will most certainly be a small fraction of Medicare benefits?

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Diversity Campaign

Taking It To The Streets: Promoting Diversity In NY, DC And Maryland
protesters holding Michael D'Antuono's Diversity posters.

We launched my “Diversity Makes America Great ” campaign featuring my painting, “What Makes America Great” painting on Presidents’ Day. I was in NY passing out a few hundred posters to protesters at the “Not My President Day” rally, while our 17 foot mobile billboard circled around the White house, Capitol Building, Trump International Hotel and other hot spots around DC.  Howard Dean and Michael D'Antuono holding the artists Diversity posterThe next day we traveled to our nation’s capitol with our banner to see our mobile billboard in action. I met with former Presidential candidate, Howard Dean (pictured above taking a selfie with me holding one of my posters).

I gladly honored his request for me to autograph it for him. We took pictures of people holding the banner at the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and all of the DC hot spots. Our favorite encounter was at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, where we ran into a bunch of civic minded high school students.

From there, I took my posters and spoke at the Diversity protest at Westminster High School, where students protested the removal of the “We The People” posters.

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Socio-political artist Michael D’Antuono’s latest work graphically depicts Betsy DeVos’s devastating dream for education

Electablog article on Michael D'Antuono painting Class System

Michael D’Antuono is an artist who challenges our social and political beliefs with his hard-hitting and often controversial paintings. His work has been featured here at Eclectablog before (HERE and HERE.)

Just in time for the confirmation hearings of Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, D’Antuono has a new painting out titled “Class System” that graphically depicts DeVos’s tragic and devastating dream for public education in America:  (more…)

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Envisioning Election & Politics In 2016

puffin-showI was happy to be asked by Andrew Lee to participate in the Puffin Foundation’s exhibition, “Envisioning Election & Politics In 2016.”  It is a wonderful organization that does great work informing the public about the important issues affecting their lives through creative projects.

 

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Truth To Power

Rep. Barbara Lee, Chris Hedges and Michael D'Antuono at Truth To Power

Rep. Barbara Lee, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges and Michael D’Antuono at “Truth To Power” event.

In the shadow of the Democratic Convention, Rock The Vote’s issue oriented event, Truth To Power gathered  A-list entertainers, politicians, activists and artists. I exhibited with Banksy, Shepard Fairey and my friend Ron English, along with many other talented artists. Corey Booker, Van Jones, Susan Sarandon, Rosario Dawson, Danny Glover all spoke on panels. There were musical performances by Black Eyed Peas and Aloe Blac.

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Philly.com – White Artist Displays Black Lives Matter Paintings At DNC

Susan Sarandon & Michael D'Antuono at DNC Convention Rock The Vote #TruthToPower

Michael D’Antuono poses with Susan Sarandon beside his painting at Rock the Vote.

“There’s so many injustices, there’s so many things that are terrible, wrongs that you want to right.”

So said artist Michael D’Antuono, who displayed his racially charged work at Rock the Vote’s exhibit hall on Spring Garden this week. He was in good company: Banksy had a piece there, and Shepard Fairey’s posters covered two walls in the DNC-related gallery. With his space, D’Antuono decided to address racism in the criminal justice system. (more…)

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