The exhibition raised relief money for the people of Guernica.
Picasso’s painting helped bring worldwide attention to the controversies of the Spanish Civil War.
Countries where citizens feel oppressed, threatened, and are unable to speak their minds, to paint, play music, or write freely is often considered dissident.
People are persecuted for their artistic expression, especially if the art conveys an anti-establishment message.
In a post 9/11 world, with frequent acts of violence from terrorist organizations, I wonder surely that within these groups there must be artists, researchers, scholars, business people, teachers, chefs, mechanics, scientists, accountants et al.
How different could each of their lives be given the opportunity to choose freely?Most people will find joy in artistic appreciation. When applying critical thinking skills, one should hover over an idea, or an issue from all sides, and from all points of view.Hovering over all the angles and gaining perspective and information from each position helps in decision making.Learning to negotiate and navigate opinions and suggestions elevates the conversation and, as the end result, to a higher standard.I am very interested in advancing the principals of critical thinking into the arena of geopolitics.When children are amongst their peers in a safe and empathetic environment, their imaginations and personalities can shine through. The doing of art is beneficial in furthering children’s maturity, which can help shape them into more empathetic, and caring adults.Within the formal structure of a group/ class, the children are exposed to each other’s progress.Another sector where art and critical thinking can be of service is education, especially of children and teenagers.Students who are creating art not only become in touch with their feelings, they can express them with a finished product.Once all perspectives have been considered, then, a stronger decision can be made. In order to live a meaningful life and to structure our lives accordingly, we need to justify and reflect on our values and decisions.Critical thinking provides the tools for this process of self-evaluation.