The Rise of Fascism
by Joseph Leboit
Leboit’s etching is a criticism of his peers: artists who, even in the face of a devastating war, still remain locked up in their studios, creating abstract art.
The refusal to acknowledge the outside world conflicts, Leboit implies, can only lead to a false sense of tranquility and security. Not only does the artist’s self inflicted solitude rob his society of his ideas and influences, it will also result in his death once the planes outside the window reach him.
Do you think artists should create art that takes a position on social issues? Why or why not?