Sunday, 22 April 2018

Solidarity with the African American People, Douglas 1968

This classic late-60s poster features art by Emory Douglas, a member of the Black Panthers who was also responsible for the group's poster artwork featuring images of the police as oppressive pigs. This poster is simple and effective showing the beret-wearing, weaponised dudes of the Panther movement against a plain background. During the late sixties the Panthers were one of a number of revolutionary and left leaning groups that were marginalised, demonised, and in the case of the Panthers, assaulted by the American government.

For Sale: Power to the People George, Morante 1971

In 1971 at the height of America's challenging post-60s period of change and upheaval George Jackson was killed by a guard during an escape attempt from San Quentin prison. His studies of leftist political ideas, letters to revolutionaries and writings on Marxist theories had been published in two books, Soledad Brother and Blood in My Eye and had brought him attention from similar minded anti-authority figures across the US and Europe. His founding of the Black Guerrilla Family put him in the sights of other similar groups worldwide and his willing use of weapons as an effective tool for revolutionary change ensured that he was recognised by the authorities in Cuba.

This dramatic OSPAAAL poster of 1971 by Rafael Morante is very rare. Its simple artwork implies that some element of the culture of the USA bled out of Jackson's death as his spilled blood. As with most Cuban posters of the period it is naive, and very simple in its message and design.

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Saturday, 10 March 2018

Exposicion de la Habana '68

This poster from the cultural agency Casa de las Americas was issued to promote the 1968 Exposicion, an exhibition of contemporary art. The '68 show featured work by lithographer and poster artist Rafael Zarza González and painter Juan Moreira.
This poster is in very poor condition and the silkscreened ink is very fragile, but that's part of its charm. I don't know the artist but the art nouveau style is great.

Monday, 26 February 2018

For Sale: Lenin - Rostgaard 1970

This poster is a great example of the Cuban design aesthetic. A serious political icon of the left, hero to the Soviets, and one of the architects of socialism, regarded in near god-like mythology during 20th century in eastern bloc countries, drawn here in light hearted pop-art graphics, styled like a Peter Max whimsy or a fifth member of the Beatles during the Yellow Submarine era. This poster is everything great about Cuban graphics - Rostgaard deliberately shunning the classic iconography of sickle, star and raised fist, and using the best of the west to have a chuckle at the authorities. A true classic of the genre.

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