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Kate Beynon:

Global City Dreaming

by HELEN MCDONALD

KATE BEYNON, 100 Forms of Happiness (detail), 2002, chenille-stick, variable dimensions.

Political art is usually framed by a particular geographical or temporal context, defining that context to some extent. Yet, these processes of definition are interrupted when the context of the art's reception changes. Picasso's Guernica, for instance, represents atrocities perpetrated during the Spanish Civil War. When it was translocated to the U.S., it symbolized the Allies' victory against Fascism and the triumph of modernism. Its message of liberal idealism was reinforced when the painting

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