Art in Defence of the Rosenbergs

The execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg at sundown on 19 June 1953 was one of the darkest moments in recent US history. The married couple were the only American civilians to be put to death for espionage-related activity during the Cold War, after they were convicted of passing top secret information to the Soviets. Their deaths left their two young sons orphaned. It was … Continue reading Art in Defence of the Rosenbergs

Painting the Trial of Ceausescu

In little more than a week from 16 December 1989, the Romanian Revolution finally brought to an end the 24-year Communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceauşescu. On Christmas Day the Romanian people watched transfixed as Ceauşescu and his wife, Elena, were subjected to a televised two-hour trial before the pair were publicly executed by firing squad. In 2008, Romanian video-artist Ciprian Mureşan approached his friend, painter … Continue reading Painting the Trial of Ceausescu