“Art and power make for a heady brew when they mix. It is Mark Micallef’s perception that they very rarely don’t. For him, art is power and power is everything. This book gnaws at the fundamentals of accepted prejudice that art is a purely aesthetic experience of the intellect in its creator as much as in its recipient. And that politics falls squarely on the opposite side of the fence: struggle, force, ambition – the ‘perpetual and restless desire of power after power’ identified by Thomas Hobbes in 1651.
Mark Micallef makes a very convincing historical case for art and power often being two sides of the same coin.”