Wilhelm Sasnal - Contemporary Artists

Soldiers

Soldiers The Saatchi Gallery
 

Wilhelm Sasnal

Soldiers

2000
Oil on canvas

175 x 175 cm

Sasnal’s soldiers are reduced to a kitsch logo: war, oppression, and authority are reconstituted as youth culture communismo-chic. Rendered as pure pop, Soldiers wittingly adopts an amoral capitalist ethic, where authoritarianism and violence are reconstituted as retro cool. Sasnal’s paintings don’t celebrate freedom, but rather a shift in media-dictated conformity.
 
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