Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Moncada - COR

Here's a very simple poster celebrating the 18th anniversary of the attack on the barracks at Moncada by the Cuban rebels on 26th July 1953, dating it to summer 1971. I don't know any other details about the poster other than it was produced for COR, the Comisión de Orientación Revolucionaria. This example has a water stain which adds to the charm.
cor poster moncada barracks attack cuban poster

Sao Paulo Sociedad Anonima - Oliva 1968

One of my favourite Cuban posters, Sao Paulo is for a classic of the Brazilian new wave. The film depicts an anonimous and difficult city life in Sao Paulo and paints a grim picture of life there. Thanks to Oliva's superb graphics which imitate Roy Lichtenstein's cartoon style this ICAIC poster is garish and dramatic, and it probably had a hard time conveying the negativity of the film.
oliva poster cuban icaic

Here's the opening scene:

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Screenprinting at the ICAIC

I came across this short video of silkscreen poster production in progress at the ICAIC's facility in Havana.

Prop Art - Gary Yanker

Gary Yanker collected propaganda posters from the mid 1960s onwards and this collection of his posters is one of the best books if you're a fan of the genre. A massive tome, this book features 1,000 mostly black and white images of protest and propaganda posters from all over the world. Some classic Cuban posters are featured.

Gary is an obsessive collector - his short bio in the book mentions that he corresponded with over 500 agencies around the world to ask them for posters. In 1975 Gary donated all his posters to the Library of Congress. This is a great book for poster fans.

gary yanker prop art poster book

gary yanker prop art poster book

gary yanker prop art poster book

gary yanker prop art poster book

Revolución Cuban Poster Art - Lincoln Cushing

Lincoln's efforts to document Cuban posters puts him in the position of being the world's foremost expert on the country's primary graphic arts movement. His efforts to preserve the designs of the Cuban poster agencies have done what could never have been done in Cuba - both in terms of documenting and cataloging, and in sharing poster designs with a global audience.

In Cuba posters have been a tool of a political and cultural ideology that hasn't had the time, effort or resources to document its own work. Step in Lincoln and his associates who have photographed, re-touched, catalogued and shared Cuba's best graphic design. In the feature in Communication Arts magazine and this book, Lincoln's efforts are detailed and the result is the chance to see some very exciting posters. This book is essential.

For more info on the graphic arts visit Lincoln Cushing's Docs Populi page.
cuban poster lincoln cushing Revolución

cuban poster lincoln cushing Revolución

cuban poster lincoln cushing Revolución

Tricontinental magazine - images of Che

Here's a sweet little booklet from OSPAAAL's Tricontinental magazine with around 25 posters featuring Che Guevara. Printed in Cuba, the paper is thin, the printing is a bit rough but as usual the images are great.
tricontinental magazine che ospaaal

ospaaal magazine che tricontinental

che ospaaal magazine