Art And Art

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“All art is propaganda. It is universally and inescapably propaganda; sometimes unconsciously, but often deliberately, propaganda.” – Upton Sinclair

When we think about propaganda today, the images produced during WWII are often the first that come to mind. However, propaganda has been an aspect of civilization for as long as language and art has existed. In our modern times, propaganda is produced by government entities as well as advertisers employed by companies all over the world. While propaganda and advertising do not serve the exact same purpose, their functions are similar. Both aim to influence the public to take some sort of action through similar persuasion methods. One can consider propaganda as a type of advertisement – while the sponsor of propaganda is historically a governmental entity or interest group, any form of propaganda created is essentially an advertisement for that group’s cause. Finally, because propaganda and advertising are specific to their time, they cannot influence the public forever. This component allows future viewers to see past the propaganda and recognize the artistry.
In this lesson, we will consider art’s ability to act as both a form of propaganda and a criticism of it. Specifically, we will focus on pieces of propaganda now recognized as art – The Column of Trajan and Secretaría de Educación Pública – and two pieces of art that criticize modern forms of advertisements - Untitled (four single men with interchangeable

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