Fifty billboards: an art project hopes to provoke debate across America

After raising $172,000 on Kickstarter, artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman will launch The 50 State Initiative, sharing artwork on billboards in every US state In 1943 Norman Rockwell created a series of four oil paintings based on Franklin D Roosevelt’s “four freedoms”, which he declared as “the simple, the basic things that must never be lost sight of in the turmoil and unbelievable complexity of our modern world”. They included Freedom of Speech, which Rockwell painted as a man standing up in a public meeting, Freedom of Worship, with praying people, Freedom from Want, with a family eating a meal and Freedom from Fear, with parents tucking children into bed at night. Continue reading...

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