Artist Molly Crabapple describes 2011 as the year “everyone sat down in the main squares of their cities and said the old machine is broken.”
Occupy Wall Street began outside her window, and she began drawing the people that gathered in Zuccotti Park. She then travel led to Greece, London, and Spain to research how people were reacting to the prolonged financial crisis gripping the world.
Crabapple told BI that the paintings “are sort of elegies for something gone” as the romanticism of the protests came back to earth in 2012.
We’ve gathered Crabapple’s pictures and commentary along with some of BI’s pictures and observations from the opening.
The Occupy painting is the only one Crabapple painted herself into, which makes sense given that her drawing was part of Zuccotti.
This close-up shows the police violence during the protests, and the cameras that broadcast it to the world.
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