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The safety net is -- Our way of protecting the most vulnerable among us -- A social insurance program, not an entitlement program -- A tradition as old as humanity. It is currently under attack. At stake is the kind of society we want to live in -- and bequeath to our children.
These bright paintings of multi-generation immigrant families and of eclectic neighborhood shopkeepers all feature elements evoking where the subjects are from -- the places and cultures so much a part of the lives portrayed.
Often called an "artist of the people," Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997) did not simply celebrate working people and urban life. His large and extraordinarily detailed canvases reflect the complexities of the historical moment, and the depth of his engagement with the many, many people he got to know and the social issues he cared about.