by Ben Davis
"A Knock at the Door," Sept. 8-Oct. 1, 2005, at South Street Seaport Museum Melville Gallery, 213 Water Street, and the Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, New York, N.Y.
The art world is conflicted about political art. Most of the time, it’s considered beyond the pale, of no interest either as art or as political advocacy. On the other hand, some political art is praised just a little too much, as if making high-brow blue-chip political art were in itself a substitute for actual politics.