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Anti-war art going global

Issue No. 1928

"make way for democracy"

"make way for democracy"

LEON KUHN, whose latest work is shown here, has been a political artist and cartoonist since the 1970s

He was involved with the anti-apartheid movement and the Anti Nazi League, and left wing publications like the Leveller, the New Statesman and John Pilger’s News on Sunday, as well as an Artists Against the War group during the Gulf War in 1991.

His work since the start of the “war on terror” has gone around the world and been reproduced on placards in San Francisco and rickshaws across Dhaka.

Postcards of his work have been sold to thousands on the demonstrations against the war on Iraq, raising money for the anti-war movement. Leon has also produced artwork to promote Respect. He says:

“I have found a way for artists to go directly to their audience. For most artists, the be-all and end-all is to have an exhibition in a gallery.

“But the way I manage to get to my audience gives me much more satisfaction.”

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Sat 20 Nov 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1928
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