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Kennard, Peter

ARTIST WITH A 40 YEAR CAREER BEHIND HIM


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New Statesman - United Kingdom | 17/01/2008

An exciting time for influential political art

Artist Peter Kennard, who has a retrospective coming up in London this January, explains that he has become linked to "a group of young artists who work outside the official art world. Most of them started out painting graffiti on walls. The central figure in this group is Banksy, but although he attracts most of the press coverage, he is surrounded by a growing band of talented, politically committed artists. Our associates come from Spain and Italy, the US, Britain and Palestine. Since the era of the Bush/Blair war in Iraq, this movement has become increasingly politicised, just as my generation was politicised by the war in Vietnam. These are artists who want to connect with the real world, rather than work for the market, which has more of a stranglehold on art than ever. They combine creativity with protest, insisting that art should be more than the icing on the cake for the super-rich."

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