Michael D'Antuono's Art And Response

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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Sun Times Network

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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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IT STOPS WITH COPS – Baltimore

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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