Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America. Claes Oldenburg.

Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America

New York: Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America, 1984. Item #5321

In 1984, Reagan’s genocidal intervention in Central America was at its apogee. At the time, in addition to the massive support his administration was providing to right-wing death squads in the region via illicit arms sales and drug trafficking, Reagan seemed poised to send U.S. soldiers to wage direct war on Central America. The art world, in one of its more organized political statements, came together in unified protest through the auspices of Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America. Claes Oldenburg designed this poster, which has the organization’s general statement printed along with a list of participating artists and institutions. The two right columns list the benefit and awareness-raising events the group organized in January, 1984.

A scarce version of this graphic. The more common version does not include the list of participating artists and institutions nor details of the events organized by the group; this version thus has exceptional research value.

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