LeRoy Neiman "White House Signing of Egyptian Peace Treaty"

With Mubarak counting down his days in power, heading to Sharm El Sheikh, a coastal resort town, I’ve been thinking about how visually powerful the New York Times photography of the rebellion has been. Some powerful, timeless news images have emerged from the upheaval. Art based on current events has declined considerably since the days of Brueghel, Goya, David, Picasso, and others who drew inspiration from political turmoil. The only comparatively recent work that comes to mind related to Egypt’s current predicament is Leroy Neiman’s print of the signing of the Israeli-Egyptian Peace Treaty or The Camp David Accords. With so much technology available to create lasting images of current events, artists look inward for their subjects. Yet the power of political unrest is vital, and a fundamental reality of life around the world¬and at the moment, an entire exhibition of work could be drawn from the streets of Cairo on any day of the week. -Dave Dorsey, artist and blogger for Art Brokerage

It is interesting that Hosni Mubarak could not understand the power of social networking and enraged the youth and most educated Egyptians by shutting down the Internet. Scolding and patronizing, he left sulking and wordless, like an old lover in a bad break-up. Too bad he did not choose a graceful exit. -Donna Rose

LeRoy Neiman "White House Signing of Egyptian Peace Treaty"



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