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timeline by and about photography for painting story of a mural debate

PBS Broadcast Premiere:
June 6, 2002 10 PM (ET)

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Ben Shahn was an artist who spoke to the world. A man of uncompromising beliefs, he became the most popular artist of his age – his work was on the cover of Time as well as in the Museum of Modern Art.

Shahn came to prominence in the 1930s with "The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti," a politically pointed series about the Italian anarchists who many believed were framed for murder. He went on to paint murals and take photographs for the government during the New Deal, and to become a successful painter and commercial artist.

Ben Shahn: Passion for Justice
A film about Ben Shahn, (1898-1969)
"Sunday Painting" (1938) Collection Mrs. Ben Shahn
"The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti" (1931-32) Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
Photo of Ben Shahn by Walker Evans
Images © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art;
© Estate of Ben Shahn/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


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