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Revolutionary Artists

Every artwork contains an idea, and sometimes ideas are dangerous. Through history artists have weaponized their work to wage war on tradition, fight dogma, and promote radical change. The artists below developed new methods of creating art and wrote manifestos to share their ideas with the world. Here we find the passionate visionaries — André Breton imitating lunatics to draft the roots of Surrealism, Kazimir Malevichwishing death on the academics of his time, and Liubov Popova who rejected art itself to embrace populist craftsmanship. If you're looking for a blueprint for creating change, dig in.

Reed Enger, "Revolutionary Artists," in Obelisk Art History, Published March 20, 2016; last modified May 28, 2020, http://arthistoryproject.com/subjects/revolutionary-artists/.

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