Michael Brown's conceptual artwork is both global in scope and local in impact. With his high water mark piece in 2005, "Superdome," Brown helped literally millions of Americans consider issues of race, class, and inequality. Further, he shows a remarkable willingness to allow the natural elements to inform his process, particularly themes of time and tide in his newest work, "Obama Responded to Sandy Too Quickly." It is imperative that the NEA recognize and celebrate performance artists in their own lifetimes--particularly those who, like Michael Brown, help us reflect on how quickly and callously life can be snuffed out.
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