Capital Offenses, a new fine art monograph by Stephen Barnwell, is a visually stunning collection of political art and satire. Barnwells work combines keen observation, political activism, and wicked humor.The events of September 11, 2001MoreCapital Offenses, a new fine art monograph by Stephen Barnwell, is a visually stunning collection of political art and satire.
Barnwells work combines keen observation, political activism, and wicked humor.The events of September 11, 2001 permanently changed the course of my artistic career. said Barnwell, Up to that point I had been apolitical. As a New Yorker, my life was changed that day, and I needed to bring political awareness into my work. The past decade has been turbulent: two Middle Eastern wars, numerous acts of terrorism, an economic crisis, the Occupy Movement, the Tea Party, the election of our first black president, and the deep divisions that those events have caused. I responded through my artwork.
I feel compelled to comment on the world around me, often employing satire as a primary tool. Some truths can be best understood through humor, and frankly, the absurdity of the world often demands ridicule.Stephen Barnwell has been an artist for over thirty years. His political prints have been exhibited internationally in prestigious museums, including the Palais de Tokyo Contemporary Art Museum in Paris and the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in California. Barnwell has been in over sixty exhibitions in galleries across the country and around the world. His prints are in private collections in all fifty US states and in fifty-one countries around the globe, and they are in the permanent collection of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles and the Haupt Collection in Berlin.Capital Offenses is an oversized art book, measuring 11 x 11.
This edition is a ten-year retrospective of Barnwells political prints, and is lavishly produced. Its 140 pages are filled with 181 images, and is hardbound in green cloth with gold foil stamps. Barnwell created 17 new works, never before seen, just for this book. If you enjoy political art or political satire, this book belongs in your library.