Martha Rosler's two series' Bringing The War Home (1967-1972) & Bringing The War Home: House Beautiful (2004) explore the intersection between war imagery and domestic representation. The first series appropriates images from the Vietnam War, while the newer series pictures the Iraq War. Critic Jerry Saltz contributed this criticism in regard to Rosler's series':
"Four decades later, Rosler turns out not to have changed the look of her own work at all. In 'Great Power,' her current skin-deep effort at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Rosler tries to turn back the clock to her glory days, essentially remaking the Vietnam series. Only now she’s inserting images of models into pictures of the Iraq War.
Clearly, there are parallels between the two wars, and activist art is valid. But Rosler lapses into simplistic nostalgia and undermines her older work while basically making pretty war porn. The only thing her work says is that fashion designers and women who like to shop caused two wars."
From Top To Bottom:
Red Stripe Kitchen
Cleaning The Drapes
Red & White Stripes
All Images © Martha Rosler