Art And Response

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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”

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.

me at what's right opening

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Earlier in the week in Baltimore, we had had hired a 17 ft “It Stops With Cops” mobile billboard to go around the courthouse in hopes of convincing Officer Porter to testify all he knew. As the news of the Porter mistrial broke out, throngs of protesters held up “It Stops With Cops” posters and banners as they chanted for justice for Freddie Gray.Freddie Gray Trial, black lives matter

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D’Antuono Storms Politicon!

Artist Michael D'Antuono and friends at 2015 Politicon


Michael was one of a very select group of artists selected to exhibit at the inaugural Politicon, a Comic-Con type event for politics, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center October 9-10, 2015. This short video shows Michael at the event making new fans out of Daily Show host, Trevor Noah, former presidential candidate, Dennis Kucinich, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, several political pundits, television stars and regular folk at the inaugural Politicon event.

On this video, you’ll see Cenk Uygur, former MSNBC host and co-founder of The Young Turks, Touree of MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” Daily Show correspondent, Jordan Klepper, co-host of Newsmax TV’s “The Daily Wrap, Rick Ungar, VEEP’s Mat Walsh and others reacting to D’Antuono’s provocative political paintings. At the convention, Michael met with people in the VIP lounge and signed posters at his booth. Also at Politicon, were Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachman, Ann Coulter, John Avlon, James Carville, David Axelrod, Paul Begala, Joe Klein, Alex Wagner, Doris Kerns Goodwin, Jose Antonio Vargas, Alex Castellanos, John Fugelsang, and Black Lives Matter. People from Slate, News Max, The Daily Beast, Vice News, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, Salon, Breitbart and ThinkProgress attended.

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Corpocracy Exhibition Opening 10/10/15

Corpocracy happenings

First conceived by Michael back in 2010, the Corpocracy exhibition will open at the Station museum this Oct. 10th. The exhibition focused on the corporate co-opting of democracy, will feature an international who’s who of activist artists including Michael, Ron English, Clark Fox, Dread Scott, Eugenio MerinoKenneth Tin-Kin HungPackard JenningsSteve LambertMark LombardiYoshua OkónStephanie SyjucoJudi Werthein and the Beehive Design Collective.

Here’s a review by The Huffington Post and one by The Houston Chronicle.

Michael D'Antuono's corporate boardroom at Corpocracy exhibition

Michael D’Antuono’s corporate boardroom at Corpocracy exhibition

Only the Station museum’s famed maverick director, Jim Harrington would be brave enough to host such hard-hitting, anti-corporate exhibit in the  very heart of oil country, Houston, Texas. The show, curated by Alan Schnitzer will run through to the end of the year. The Station Museum of Contemporary Art is a private museum devoted to contemporary art located at 1502 Alabama St, Houston, TX. For more info go to

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Michael D'Antuono, Rosario Dawson, Shepard Fairey, Danny Glover, Manifest Justice

Above: Michael D’Antuono at Manifest Justice with Rosario Dawson, Shepard Fairey and Danny Glover

Michael’s “The Talk” was chosen by a panel including John Legend and Russell Simmons to represent institutional racism at the Manifest Justice exhibition in L.A. Manifest Justice presented Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin with a large giclee of “The Talk” following her speech. The event focuses on racial justice, economic justice, police brutality, mass incarceration and more. It runs from May 1-10 in Los Angeles.

Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin's mother) with her giclee of  "The Talk."

Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton with her giclee of Michael D’Antuono’s “The Talk.”

Below are links to some of the press about the event:


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