Soldiers’ Stories

 

The Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pa., announces the opening of Art of the American Soldier on September 24. The exhibit
presents paintings and drawings of battles, as well as extraordinary
and everyday experiences that were created by American soldiers in the
field and behind the lines. The watercolors, oils and drawings span
World War I to the Afghan War.

This exhibit, which can be seen online here,
provides uncensored personal accounts by those who have lived through
war and its aftermath; they reveal the anxieties and fears of the
artist soldiers.

Credits from top to bottom: Elzie Golden, 2005 (Fallujah); Joseph
Hirsch, 1944 (Italy); David Fairrington, 1960-69 (Vietnam); Peter G.
Varisano, 1991 (Saudi Arabia); Rhonda Chase, 2000-2009 (Kuwait).

 

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About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes a weekly column for The Atlantic online and is the "Visuals" Columnist for the New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of over 160 books on design and visual culture. And he is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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