Realizing the impossible art against authority josh macphee erik reuland on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers protestors rows of riot cops tear gas lobbed into crowds these are the images that easily flood into the mind when one thinks about a gathering to protest the imf. In all realizing the impossible is a marvellous work that opens up the possibility of conceiving of an art that both opposes authority but also the elitist authority of art as a distinct sphere this text contributes to realizing the potential that had always been contained but is so often repressed within art the perception of a different . Josh macphee artist and activist is the founder of the justseeds artists cooperative an organization that promotes radical art forms he is the author of stencil pirates a global study of the street stencil 2004 and co edited realizing the impossible art against authority 2007 and reproduce and revolt 2008. 1 26 2010 realizing the impossible art against authority is an anthology of essays on political art or should i say the history and political implications of leftist artistic practices since not all the artists are self proclaimed anarchists nor is all the art overtly political. Today the movement against corporate globalization with its creative acts of resistance colorful puppets and posters inflammatory actions and interventions has brought anarchist and anti authoritarian politics into the forefront of the global consciousness
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