The first thing I thought was, this really makes me feel like I'm not doing enough with my own work. My paintings don't really depict any of the hardships that people are going through today. Should artists be more mindful to include current social situations into their work? Personally I think some artists just have a better voice for those sorts of things. Photographers and videographers definitely have an upper hand on this topic these days.
Second thing that struck me was the artist Nevinson. I actually liked his work that they showed but his story was funny, it reminded me of some people I know, lying about their reality in order to get a wee bit of attention. For Nevinson it worked, but man, doesn't it get to be tiresome to lie all of the time?
Last thing I thought was interesting about the work they showed, it wasn't realistic. It was mostly work about the war, depicted in a way to evoke emotion, not something that was meant to be historically accurate. I think it's impossible to be historically accurate about war. Each side has their version of the story and then the people who witness it and aren't involved, they all have their own way of looking at it.
The title of the show, We Are Making a New World, is true in so many ways. The war created a new world and the artists were also creating a new world of their own.