The folks at the Atlantic Council have been working on a project called The Art of Future War, a mashup of art and prediction to examine how we address warfare. They’ve already done a short story contest, and their latest look as propaganda artwork, with some fantastic entries.
Citing the propaganda posters from World War II, they cite the link between artwork and warfare, and how it’s almost impossible to have a war without artwork.
Artists during the world wars of the last century produced defining images that not only shaped public perceptions and attitudes, but also went on to shape the fields of marketing and art beyond, most especially in the Pop Art movement. The “I Want You” recruiting poster of Uncle Sam is now considered the “most famous poster” of all time by the Library of Congress. “Keep Calm and Carry On” started out as a British government morale poster in the face of German air attacks, and lives on today as a meme on everything from T-shirts to coffee mugs. “Rosie the Riveter” didn’t just celebrate the role of women in the wartime workforce, but persisted as a symbol in the broader women’s rights movement that would follow.
Along with Motherboard, they’ve collected a group of really interesting works of art:
You can see the rest of the images over on Motherboard.
Artist credits. Bill McMullen (Header, first and second images), Jordan and Abby Clayton (third image), EG Douglas (final image)