CALACAS. AÑO 1, NUM. 1.

Mexico: Grupo Belisario Dominguez, 1975. First printing 18.75x28 in. broadside; one horizontal fold; some chipping and age toning to edges, but otherwise an exceptionally well preserved item Very Good The first issue of a journal dedicated to antagonizing the complacency of the artistic and political establishment in Mexico, spearheaded by former TGP member Adolfo Quinteros and his partner Sarah Jimenez. This debut issue, unlike later ones, consisted simply of an oversized sheet of newsprint with a poem, explanatory note and large satirical illustration. The image asserts its opposition to modern and contemporary artists who denounce politics, suggesting that they are puppets in a repressive alliance between contemporary art and reactionary politics. Quinteros harkens back to the days of art as political action. In one corner of the image, members of the KKK can be seen in front of a burning UT Austin holding sings calling for the death of revolutionary realist art, which typified the tradition of social messaging in the prints and artwork of Mendez, Orozco, Siquieros and others. The explanatory note is a fiery message to denounce are in the service of the bourgeoisie and unite artists who actively oppose the commercialization and exploitation of creative production. The poem consists of 12 stanzas of rhyming quatrains that follow an ABAB pattern. No copies reported by OCLC (Item ID: 172651)

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