50. Land of Many Uses by Jules De Balincourt, 2003

French painter Jules De Balincourt has a way of balancing the biting with the blasé, fusing prismatic folk art with social commentary in a way that keeps both extremely palatable. His 2003 New York show Land of Many Uses consisted of 57 paintings in varying mediums that were aggressively political, but avoided being off-putting simply through the playful nature of their compositions, making contemplation of political themes—such as how we perceive the world through the way we draw our maps or the idea of "Peaceful Protest" as shown above—an easy, intellectual joy.

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