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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