Block’s Response Still Relevant in Today’s Politics

State College, PA, October 3, 2008
Centre Daily Times

..."The Machiavellian attitude toward politics is a politics of power, where the end goal is just the accrual of power," Block said. "But there are other manners of having democracy, and a lot of these paintings are based in the sayings of social thinkers who tried to look at the accrual of power as a means, the end being the betterment of society."...

No measly easels for big ideas

Frederick, MD, May 15, 2008
Frederick News-Post

"Into the Singularity" is the first of three pieces that explores the idea of this new spirituality. The painting represents Block's meditation on the mistake of classical mysticism, a flawed system, he thinks, because of its lack of community involvement....

Into the Realm of Social Impact

Fayetteville, AR, April 10, 2008
Fayetteville Morning News

In 2002, Maryland artist Tom Block set out to "take my art out of the gallery and into the realm of real social impact." His Human Rights Painting Project has been exhibited 25 times in the ensuing six years, and 24 of the portraits - which he says "capture the range of emotions experienced in this battle" - will be on show beginning Monday at the Anne Kittrell Gallery on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville.

Manhattan Magazine

New York, NY, Spring 2008
Manhattan Magazine

The 27 colorful, richly textured canvases of artist Tom Block's series Human Rights Painting Project sent a strong and timely message to the Jasper community at an opening reception in February....

Artist uses skills to call attention to human rights

Madison, IN, January 12, 2008
Madison Courier

Tom Block, whose vibrant, but sometimes disturbing paintings which illustrate the struggle for human rights, considers himself an activist first. An artist, second.

The Levantine Option

New York, NY, July 23, 2008
Sephardic Heritage News

Given the antipathy in many unenlightened quarters to the idea of 'The Levantine Option' - that Jews and Muslims shared a common culture over many centuries in the Middle East, and it is this culture that will act as the salve through which the two peoples will be able to reconcile - it is of the utmost significance to find anyone who will support the matter publicly....

Gazette Newspapers

Silver Spring, MD, August 1, 2007
A Voting Arts "Block" to Highlight Human Rights

When local artist Tom Block was commissioned in June to install a public art piece along the entrance wall to the Kennett Street parking lot, he wanted to bring back the "public" into public art....

Give Salaam, Shalom and Peace a Chance

Silver Spring, MD, February 28, 2007
Gazette Newspapers

Convergences: Towards a Jewish/Muslim Renewal,' with artwork by Karim Chaibi and Tom Block, who are Muslim and Jewish, respectively, 'explores the positive aspects of the Jewish/Muslim liaison,' insists Heliport’s curator David Fogel....

Art helps religions converge, emerge enlightened

Silver Spring, MD, January 31, 2007
Gazette Newspapers

Two artists, one Jewish and one Muslim, examine their faiths’ common ground in upcoming exhibit. Through their art, Tom Block and Karim Chaibi hope people can see more of the similarities between the Jewish and Muslim religions and less of the misunderstandings....

Art overcoming politics

Washington D.C., January 25, 2007
Washington Jewish Week

...Much of the current enmity between Jews and Muslims is based on history, but there is "a whole positive history that is ignored," says Block, also 43, pointing to the period between the seventh and 15th centuries when Arabs and Jews lived together in the Middle East in amity....

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