This is a timely exhibition, because these paintings by Leon Golub (1922-2004), at the Serpentine Gallery about the abuse of power, and oppression are very powerful and just as relevant today as when they were originally painted - particularly in light of the events concerning abuses of power in the USA, (and also closer to home), by the powers that be which are currently making the news headlines.
Golub's subtext seems to be that we are all complicit in these abuses of power just by the act of observing and doing nothing. I would counter this by saying that people are not just passive observers anymore, especially in this video age. The general public are now capturing abuses on mobiles phones and cameras, and coming forward with the evidence. The recent Walter Scott/Michael Slager case in the US being a prime example.
Leon Golub: Bite Your Tongue
until 17th May