The anti-capitalist photomontages of Josep Renau

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About a month ago, I stumbled across Valencian avant-garde artist Josep Renau’s series of photomontages from the 1950s called The American Way of Life. I was (and continue to be) struck by how timely and relevant the anti-capitalist critique is. The global economic crisis of 2008 coincided with the 100th anniversary of his death. Many retrospectives commented on the visionary content of his work. To be sure, the excesses of consumer society and Wall Street are no longer solely American, but global.

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