The Nation Doth Protest

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday October 4, 2017

This week, The Nation, founded by abolitionists in 1865, launched a new series of artistic dispatches from the front lines of resistance. Spearheaded by celebrated artists and illustrators Andrea Arroya, Steve Brodner, and Peter Kuper, OppArt will showcase fresh content daily online as a diverse group of artists take aim and draw.

Launched on Monday with art by longtime DART contributor, Peter Kuper, OppArt promises to speak truth. “A picture is worth a thousand words. Tried and trite, but true,” says editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel. “Artists use their pens, their pencils, their brushes, and their ideas to cast a light on darkness and combat the forces that are driving us towards a precipice.”  The first installment: 

Subsequent installments by Dario Castillejos and Felipe Galindo can be seen here

Peter Kuper's cartoons and illustrations appear in newspapers and magazines around the world including The New Yorker and Mad where he has written and illustrated Spy vs Spy since 1997. He  is co-editor of the political zine World War 3 Illustrated  More of his work can be seen at His long-running dispatches from Oaxaca, originally posted in DART, were published as Diario de Oaxaca: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Mexico by PM Press . He is currently working on a collection of adaptations of Franz Kafka short stories that will be published next fall.

Founded by abolitionists in 1865, The Nation has chronicled the breadth and depth of American political and cultural life from the debut of the telegraph to the rise of Twitter, serving as a critical, independent voice in American journalism and a platform for investigative reporting and spirited debate on issues of import to the progressive community.

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