Make Art Not War

Political Protest Posters from the Twentieth Century

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An extraordinarily visceral collection of posters that represent the progressive protest movements of the twentieth Century. 
 
Two of the most recognizable images of twentieth-century art are Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica” and the rather modest mass-produced poster by an unassuming illustrator, Lorraine Schneider “War is Not Healthy for Children and Other Living Things.”  From Picasso’s masterpiece to a humble piece of poster art, artists have used their talents to express dissent and to protest against injustice and immorality. 

As the face of many political movements, posters are essential for fueling recruitment, spreading propaganda, and sustaining morale.  Disseminated by governments, political parties, labor unions and other organizations, political posters transcend time and span the entire spectrum of political affiliations and philosophies. 

Drawing on the celebrated collection in the Tamiment Library’s Poster and Broadside Collection at New York University, Ralph Young has compiled an extraordinarily visceral collection of posters that represent the progressive protest movements of the twentieth Century:  labor, civil rights, the Vietnam War, LGBT rights, feminism and other minority rights.   

Make Art Not War can be enjoyed on aesthetic grounds alone, and also offers fascinating and revealing insights into twentieth century cultural, social and political history.
  • NYU Press; November 2016
  • ISBN 9781479815234
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  • Title: Make Art Not War
  • Author: Ralph Young (ed.)
  • Imprint: NYU Press
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  • 9781479815234

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"What a wonderful collection!  Make Art, Not War combines the aesthetic with the political to show how the arts and culture have informed and protested social injustices and wars.  Often, art and culture are the first ways we learn of politics and dissent.  More than heavy theoretical tomes, we can see, in a poster or painting, powerful statements on racism, sexism, homophobia, or war.  Bruce Springsteen sang "I learned more from a three-minute record than I ever learned in school," and the same is true of Ralph Young's smart and incisive essay and the art presented.  It's educational and not heavy, anger-inducing but not shrill."-Robert Buzzanco ,author of Masters of War: Military Dissent and Politics in the Vietnam Era

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  • 9781479813674
  • 9781479815234