THE PRICE OF ART

For many years people have struggled under the consequences of war and tyranny. Often times these two entities are incorporated into each other. The sentiments of these struggles transcends many mediums and eras of art, being a relevant subject matter in many generations. As a result, these artists incorporate the experiences of struggle and even death into their work, as the artist often struggled under the same or a similar conflict as the oppressed represented in his or her work. This gallery works to present the product of political unrest, highlighting the people that felt the effect of turmoil, not solely the issues themselves. More simply, it is not necessarily an anti-war exhibit, but rather a collection of works commenting on the people afflicted by the various societal struggles. Each artist, in some way, has a relationship with the subject on which they focus. Yet there is also a thematic parallel through the exhibit's entirety. The exhibit wishes to stress the importance of the issues of the world today though the strife of paste generations. Rather than focus on the artistic movements in which war was opposed, the intent was to create a correspondence between the pieces presented and our own similar societal struggles. Several of the work in the gallery feature the element of war, specifically the destruction that was left in its wake. These works represent the more modern elements of the gallery and create a conversation between the works of art and the wars of today. The idea with these works is to create a conversation between the multiple eras and in turn a conversation with our own generation. Elements to consider within the pieces are the sadness, anger, and destruction that are consistent with war. Each theme is closely related to the greater subject of political unrest. Subsequently, a unity is created amongst the works, allowing them to flow together and resemble a timeline of political reactivity. The process of creating this gallery came from a personal interest in the unique aspects that drive artists to create their works. The gallery was specifically inspired by the relationship of societal tragedy and the creation of art. The hope is that a relationship will be built between the art presented and your own life. This gallery is an inspiration of art and people, the relationship they hold together, and the terrible "price" required to bring them together. 

Church's work fits with the gallery through its indirect portrayal of the persons it commemorates. The piece shows a tattered flag formed from the sky, an adequate point of origin for the gallery.
This work is a commemoration of a leading figure of the French revolution, something the artist himself was a part of. There is a relationship between artist and subject but also between Marat and all of those French who rebelled.
This collection of sculpts was chosen for the connection of those depicted and those the sculptures stand for. The sculpts are headless, rapt at attention under the Communist regime. It is not their mind to have but the collective group's to be given.
This piece was chosen for the compositional ability to give the message. There is a disarray to the piece that is highly aesthetically displeasing, we want to have the full picture but we are not allowed to.
This piece fits in the gallery through its portrayal of subjects not in control of themselves. The strings of the dolls highlights the political unrest the work comments on. The figures are a representation of those in conflict.
This work was chosen for the ultimate cost of war it depicts. There is no greater sacrifice than one's own life, something no one is exempt from in war. This is shown through the field of fallen soldiers.
This piece was chosen for the depiction of the destruction of war. The men shown are at the peril of a collapsed wall yet hold fast to putting out the fire. The destruction relates to both people and edifices afflicted by the war.
This piece was chosen for the depiction of a number of figures within the battle. Several men have fallen yet the men continue to work. This work shows the inverse of the other gallery pieces, figures in battle, not left over.
This piece was chosen for the people portrayed within the work. They are ordinary people, no significant qualities or traits are depicted. Yet here they sleep for fear of a bomb, hidden beneath the ground.
This piece is the cap to the gallery. Shown is a harsh mixture of shapes and color. Unlike the other works a visual aspect of war is not depicted. The artist's perspective on war is given, a portrayal of the relationship between art and war.
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