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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Trench Art

The newspapers are full of images of the Iraq War, so do you really want to see the war captured in acrylic? The answer is yes. Steve Mumford spent 11 months in Iraq, and his impressions are on view at Postmasters gallery. Embedded with U.S. military units, Mumford notated these scenes first through drawing and watercolor and then later painted them. Some images look like photographs. Although the artist comments in the press release that a lot of the patrols are uneventful, most of the paintings depict combat situations. Amazingly, the tone is unbiased. I liked this show much more than I expected would. (Images via Postmasters)