How do you
know if its political art? Well, you wouldnt find it
on the network news unless it had offended someone by violating
one of two remaining taboos.
still gets peoples goats, but Diet is a close second. Inflate
a public figures figure and youve committed a slander
worse than a charge of cohabiting with goats.
And this image wouldnt
sit well across from a fashion spread in a slick magazine unless
Uli Oompah, or whichever Shaman of Shmata, decided caricatured snippets
of George W. would be fabulous girding a supermodels
attenuated loins. It wouldnt play in the downtown galleries
unless its creator worked in soft crayon at a state hospital or
had come to an unfortunate end in a chic locale (gunplay in Burkina
Faso, asphyxiation in Tibet, decapitation in Hicksville.)
art wouldnt find its way into a political campaign, although
friends of the Friends Of might print up a few million copies of
a drawing depicting a certain opponent ritualistically sacrificing
livestock ( overweight livestock) and mail them to the undecided.
This sort of picture seldom shows up on cable TV chat shows or flat
screen computer monitors rarely at the multiplex or the checkout
So how can you really be certain that
what youve got is the real article? If you can imagine walking
into the CEO of Citibanks office and seeing a signed copy
of the art impeccably hung on the wall behind his desk, you know
youve been had.