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Die gute Frau Molly Crabapple hatte sich vor fast genau einem Jahr eine Serie von Gemälden samt Ausstellung um Finanzkrise, Bankster und korrupte Exceltabellenpolitiker namens „Shell Game“ per Kickstarter finanzieren lassen. Die Arbeiten sind jetzt fertig, die Ausstellung wird ab Mitte April in New York gezeigt und Frau Crabapple hat einen großen Teil der Bilder online gestellt.
Shell Game is comprised of nine, 6′x4′ paintings and one 3’x3’ painting about the revolutions and crises of 2011 (six of which have already been sold to collectors) including the mortgage bubble, the Greek anti-austerity protests, and Occupy Wall Street, filtered them through the artist’s distinctive lens of surrealism, satire, and symbolic animals and, for eight of nine paintings, informed by travel to the settings, including Spain, Greece, and the United Kingdom, during which she interviewed activists for her reported illustrated journalism pieces and participated in demonstrations. For Tunisia, she interviewed members of Nawaat, the dissident blogger collective, via Skype. Nine preliminary watercolors, all sold, will also be exhibited. Molly Crabapple will host a public opening reception on Sunday, April 14, from 7-10pm.
“It was the year when everyone sat down in the main squares of their cities and said the old machine is broken,” observes Crabapple. “2011 freed me to do the best work of my career, and it was amazing to see my protest art wheat-pasted on walls and carried by activists around the world.”