Painting the Tet Offensive

The Tet Offensive was a defining moment in the Vietnam War. The series of surprise attacks were launched by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese People’s Army against South Vietnam and their allies on 30 January 1968. During one of the largest military campaigns of the war, more than 80,000 soldiers attacked targets in over 100 towns and cities across Vietnam. Although the operation eventually … Continue reading Painting the Tet Offensive

Vietnam War Art (via the British Library)

With the signing of the Paris Peace Accords on 27 January 1973, the United States, South Vietnam, North Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government (representing groups including the infamous Viet Cong) officially agreed to end the Vietnam War. The treaty brought to an end America’s direct military involvement in the conflict, which had been the cause of much debate and criticism both abroad and at … Continue reading Vietnam War Art (via the British Library)

Featured Artist: James Rosenquist

Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1933, James Rosenquist began his career as a painter of commercial billboards. Images from the world of advertising have continued to permeate his work, but his vibrant, multi-referential style has also lent itself perfectly to absorbing and critiquing the politicised iconography of the Cold War. While at the forefront of the American Pop art movement in the 1960s, … Continue reading Featured Artist: James Rosenquist