Sam Dargan, ‘For Everything New to be Accepted Old Fools Must Die’, 2011, Rokeby Gallery

For Everything New to be Accepted Old Fools Must Die, August 13, 2004

The quote is taken from Felix Fénéon who was an art dealer, collector, curator, anarchist and critic.
Taken from a newspaper image of Hurricane Charley, which struck the island nation of Cuba just after midnight on Friday, August 13, 2004, Fidel Castro's 78th birthday.
Castro held the position of Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and then President from 1976 to 2008. He also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from the party's foundation in 1961 until 2011. Politically a Marxist-Leninist, under his administration the Republic of Cuba was converted into a one-party socialist state, with industry and business being nationalized under state ownership and socialist reforms implemented in all areas of society.
He had a key role in the Cuban Revolution, leading a successful guerrilla war against U.S.-backed Cuban President Fulgencio Batista, overthrowing him in 1959.

About Sam Dargan

Figural painter Sam Dargan depicts history and society with a bleak and mirthless sense of humor. Dargan’s self-described subject is the misery of “middle management grunts, battered priests, hollowed-out delinquents,” but he explains that he is not critical of the figures so much as the systems of which they are part. His works frequently feature specific historical narratives, sourced from newspapers and history books; past subjects have included the Russian Revolution and the war in Iraq. Dargan, who studied at the Royal College of Art in London, paints with a precise and graphic style that has been described by critics as almost cartoon-like. He is inspired by painting traditions at the turn of the century, and of Russian realist landscape painters like Ivan Shishkin and Arkhip Kuindzhi, but remains fervently skeptical of Romanticism.

British, b. 1971, based in London, United Kingdom