Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Art that Exposes the Theater of Politics

CLEVELAND - In a drawing by cartoonist Edward Freska, the bald eagle that represents the United States on the country's Great Seal is injured. The eagle carries the American shield on his chest, as is his duty, and holds the requisite olive branch and 13 arrows in his talons. But the talons look stubbier than they ought to - are those bandages wrapped around each one? - and the eagle's right wing sits useless in a makeshift sling. Depending on how you read his face, the eagle either bears his burden silently, maintaining stoic professionalism in a time of pain, or he's angry as hell, his cold stare piercing the politicians he sees in front of him.


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