They say that ‘art is in the eye of the beholder‘. When viewing “A Tale Of Two Hoodies” by artist Michael D’Antuono, I behold race baiting tripe.
The artist Michael D’Antuono attempts to justify his painting:
Inspired by the Trayvon Martin case, this painting symbolizes the travesty of racially profiling innocent children and how present day prejudices affect policy.
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H/T Dan Linehan at Wagist
Below, an excerpt of his laser sharp analysis/critique of the painting:
The most striking thing about the painting is that even though nearly every aspect of the portrayal is obviously flawed, skewed, or just outright made up, the artist still tries to justify it by calling it symbolism of a larger societal issue.
Again, it’s so extreme you would almost have to assume it’s self-parody, but D’Antuono is convinced that his artwork is not at all racist, but that any responses calling him out on the myriad of things wrong with it are.
Let’s look at a few things just to illustrate exactly how openly racist and bigoted D’Antuono’s work is:
- D’Antuono pretends a Hispanic man is Caucasian in order to make the painting more provocative.
- He compares a Hispanic performing ordinary neighborhood watch duties to him being a member of the KKK.
- D’Antuono ignores the fact that a Hispanic man was brutally attacked in his own neighborhood and was severely injured before the shooting took place.
- He directly changes the ethnicity of one of the two subjects in a painting that is specifically supposed to function as social commentary about racism, rendering any insightful analysis nearly impossible.
- He changes the height and weight of Trayvon Martin in order to make him appear as a helpless victim, rather than a 6’3, 160lb high school athlete who just broke someone’s nose and was bashing their head into a concrete sidewalk.
- D’Antuono stereotypes law enforcement officials as being fat, white, prejudiced murderers, even though there were no police involved in the shooting whatsoever.
More and more, it seems like accusations of racism in the Trayvon Martin case are actually a bizarre form of psychological projection. The accusers actively make up their own reality in order to make the shooting fit their worldview, even when it has been shown that race mattered very little, if at all, when the actual evidence is examined objectively.
D’Antuono’s painting has does much more to expose his own internalized prejudices and bigotry, and unfortunately offers very little of value to the arena of public discourse on the matter, beyond perhaps adding even more evidence of the continuing absurdity of how Zimmerman has been depicted.
Spot. On. Read the rest >>>.
As an aside, this blasphemous D’Antuono painting titled “The Truth”; of Obama with arms outstretched and wearing a crown of thorns is particularly disgusting.