As a leader of Chicago's figurative movement in the 1950s, Leon Golub challenged
the dominant styles of that time, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. Described
as an existential and activist painter, Golub has recently regained recognition
for his large-scale, politically charged works that directly address issues of
war, racism, sexism and power. Political terror and man's abuse of power are
the primary subjects rendered in his monumental and highly topical paintings.
Leon Golub's work is about power and the recurring misuse of power through
violence, not as an isolated inhuman phenomenon, but as an expression of
organized, often state-sponsored, oppression and brutality.