Weekly file: art as...

Herman James, Welcoming Committee?, 36 x 51 inches, oil on rag paper, 2011. Courtesy the artist.
Art has been an important vehicle for social commentary throughout history. We recently visited the studio of this artist, who shares his time between New York and Boston. His career is well-established and his work diverse, ranging from figurative to abstract, and exploring a variety of mediums. We were taken with this image, and the powerful way he tackles the subject.