Plus A Gallery – School for Curatorial Studies Venice – San Marco 3073 – Venice – from 19.01 to 28.02.2019
The speed of the hand, the repetitive nature of the stroke, make drawing a technique for critical illustration of gradual or sometimes rapid political and social changes. In 18th-century England William Hogarth ironically narrated London society in all its aspects. Likewise, Honorè Daumier analyzed the social classes of France, one century later.
At the start of the 20th century Georg Grosz and Otto Dix used drawing as a political vehicle of social critique. Like the etchings of Goya, Grosz’s illustrations reveal an intense expressive focus on political awareness. What these artists all have in common is the use of drawing as a form of protest and analysis of the society of their time; an artistic tool to express malaise and decadence, and the various possibilities brought by change.
Italy has always been a sort of seismograph of change. Throughout its history it has been a laboratory of new socio-political theories. From the start of the 1900s to the present it is easy to observe this pioneering character in new political drawings.