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Leon Golub—Bite Your Tongue exhibition

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Issue 2452
Leon Golub’s Henry Kissinger

Leon Golub’s Henry Kissinger

Leon Golub’s work took aim at the US imperialist interventions in Latin America during the 1980s.

It maintains its power and relevance today. The US is launching another war in the Middle East, while the National Guard and riot police crack down on protesters in Baltimore and other US cities. 

Golub’s 1980s series Interrogation and Mercenaries deals with the different US-backed murder squads. 

The canvases’ wall-like size alone makes the paintings imposing. 

Golub’s rough style comes across as grainy film footage, which makes them so vivid their bright backgrounds menace your eyes.  

They’re angry and political, but paint an image of a brutal world with little hope.

Leon Golub—Bite Your Tongue. Serpentine Gallery, London W2 3XA. Until 17 May. Free.

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