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Painter demonstrates the unbridled power of police

The word stunning can mean different things. Beauteous or gorgeous come to mind. But that’s not what the Huffington Post meant when they called the art of Michael D’Antuono stunning. Making war Flabbergasting, fierce, or in-your-face is more like what you see. As if to defend his aggressive imagery, D’Antuono opens his website with Picasso’s famed credo that art isn’t mean to decorate walls. It’s a weapon against the enemy. Enemy within By the look of D’Antuono’s wide range of subject matter, he sees a lot of enemies. The Huffington Post singled out his pictorial war against COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. But given the recent guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case, the image of choice is the painter’s portrayal of police brutality and racism he calls Tale of Two Hoodies. Abusing power What you see is a pot-bellied, uniformed police officer wearing a KKK hood aiming a gun at the forehead of a small African American boy in a hoodie sweater who offers him his candy. A Confederate flag in the background pushes the point that racism is driving this police action. Pushing further, the image shows the officer using both hands to aim his sidearm, as if to make certain he hits his target - even though he’s standing toe to toe with the boy. Cleo Barnett, executive director of Amplifier, a nonprofit that works with artists like D’Antuono to build public awareness, told the Huffington Post that in times of crisis, artists are the “cultural first responders.”...Read more


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