When Michael D'Antuono was told that pro-gun activist Larry Ward was staging a "Gun Appreciation Day" on the eve of President Barack Obama's Inauguration and the federal holiday that celebrates Martin Luther King Jr., he was shocked.
"My immediate reaction was that it was a joke. I find it difficult to comprehend how anyone could be so insensitive as to have such an event so soon after the Newtwown massacre," D'Antuono said. "I highly doubt the parents who lost children appreciate Gun Appreciation Day."
That's when the artist, who is known for his controversial and politically charged paintings, decided to fire back at the day he says is "inappropriate." On Jan. 20, he is implementing "Gun Depreciation Day" to combat gun violence across the nation.
D'Antuono takes aim back at pro-gun organizer Larry Ward's "Gun Appreciation Day" by declaring the very next day "Gun Depreciation Day." On the eve of the Presidential Inauguration, the artist will debut his latest painting “Brought To You By The NRA” at the opening of The Newtown Project: A Call To Arms, a group exhibition at the Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art Gallery, just a few blocks from the White House.
With the power of art, D'Antuono is officially calling for Americans to disarm assault weapon killers, announcing his plans to counter Ward's fabricated holiday the same day that President Barack Obama announced his comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence in America.
We here at GlobalGrind fully support Gun Depreciation Day as we call for Americans to take gun-control seriously and support our President and his gun violence task force in protecting our children and our nation. Celebrating the same guns that have taken countless lives is not putting us on the road to a new and peaceful America.
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Check out the rest of D'Antuono's call to disarm and find out where to view his latest piece, "Brought To You By The NRA."
Activist Artist Michael D’Antuono Proclaims January 20th, 2013 “Gun Depreciation Day”
On Gun Depreciation Day, D'Antuono is asking all concerned citizens who feel that the need to protect our children is greater than the need to own assault weapons to email their representatives to demand more meaningful gun control laws.
Mr. Krause, an award-winning journalist turned gallery owner was once shot and nearly killed by a weapon like the ones used at the Newtown shooting. He is donating the use of his gallery to promote the need for more effective gun control legislation. All of the participating artists have agreed to license their pieces free of charge for public education campaigns supporting passage of meaningful and effective gun control to all 501-C-3 organizations engaged in public efforts to secure those laws.
The gallery has been overwhelmed with submissions from artist across the country eager to join the movement. While approximately thirty pieces of hard-hitting art will be hanging at the gallery, many more will be displayed on the TheNewtownProject.org website.
D’Antuono’s art has stimulated national dialogue before. His paintings “The Truth” and “A Tale Of Two Hoodies” have stirred passionate and widespread debate. As the Obama administration negotiates ways to curtail gun violence, the timing of D'Antuono's Brought To You By The NRA couldn’t be more fitting.
Opening Reception: Jan. 20, 2013 1-7pm. Closing: Feb. 18, 2013
Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art gallery is located at 1300 13th Street NW, corner of N, Suite 105, Washington DC 20005. For more details about the event you can go to http://www.CharlesKrauseReporting.com or email info@CharlesKrauseReporting.com.
To see more of D’Antuono’s work you can visit http://www.ArtandResponse.com.
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