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Angry Graphics: Protest Posters of the Reagan/Bush Era.

"Sexism rears its unprotected head. Men: use condoms or beat it." "Is it obscene ... that more than 75,000 Salvadorans have been killed by U.S.-trained troops? Jesse Helms doesn't think so." "This bench has been removed in order to deny the poor and homeless a place to sit." "I am a lezzie butch pervert girlfriend bulldagger sister dyke AND PROUD!" "Uncle George wants you to forget failing banks, education, drugs, AIDS, poor health care, unemployment, crime, racism, corruption ... and have a good war." These are just a few of the enunciations occupying space across the American landscape. Protest art is alive and well as documented in Angry Graphics: Protest Posters of the Reagan/Bush Era. These are powerful signs from artists and designers responding to a decade of official indifference and social strife played out in cities across the nation. There are guerrilla posters on the street, direct mail campaigns, broadsides in bus shelters, and billboards. Evidence of visual protest is ever increasing - crying out against the social crimes perpetrated by our Government. The dominant conservative ideology of the 1980s did not go unchallenged. With the advent of computer printing and xerographic technologies, art as a medium for protest is available to anyone. Angry Graphics fairly documents this arresting form of propaganda in presenting the work of Gran Fury, The Guerrilla Girls, Sabrina Jones, Robbie Conal, Seth Tobocman, Barbara Kruger, Eric Drooker, Fireworks Graphics, and many other named and anonymous artists. Curiously absent from the collection is the work of Jenny Holzer, who blanketed New York City with her "Truisms" early in the 1980s. Of course, a book of this nature documents only the tip of the iceberg. But even in its condensed form, this is one book that will spill the coffee on the table.
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Publication:The Progressive
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Date:Feb 1, 1993
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