Het Geëngageerde [The Engaged]
To some extent, this is code for ‘politically or socially engaged art’. But only to some extent. Activism in art may also imply physical activity as part of an alternative view of the world, or the subversive questioning of prevailing systems without a goal-orientated agenda for actual (or perhaps rather: quantifiable) political or social change. Engagement is a more generic – but also more generous – term, which captures an attitude and a passion that transcends the individual and therefore has tangible connections to ‘the International’.
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Jenny Holzer, Truisms, 1983. Text, metal, electronic components, plexiglass, transformer, 16 x 155 x 10.1 cm.
Wat kapseist niet?
Paul De Vree, Wat kapseist niet?, 1980. Photography, photo emulsion, canvas, 70 x 92 cm.
The Red Diamond American ...
Robert Indiana, The Red Diamond American Dream #3, 1962. Painting, oil, canvas, 187.8 x 187.6 cm.