CALACAS. AÑO 2, NUM. 2.

Mexico: Grupo Belisario Dominguez, 1976. First printing 18.75x28 in. broadside; three horizontal folds; some chipping and age toning to edges, but otherwise an exceptionally well preserved item Very Good The second issue of an "indepdentend, combative and revolutionary" publication dedicated to antagonizing the complacency of the artistic and political establishment in Mexico, led by former TGP member Adolfo Quinteros and his partner Sarah Jimenez. This issue, unlike later ones, consists simply of an oversized sheet of newsprint with a poem, explanatory note and two satirical illustrations done in the style of the social realist woodcut. The image asserts its opposition not only to art world institutions--such as the National Academy of Fine Arts--but also to the alliance between the government and labor unions (a phenomenon desrving of its own name in popular Mexican parlance, "charrismo sindical). Quinteros harkens back to the days of art as political action. In one image, a worm holding a money bag is seen crawling on top of the casket of the TGP. The images, their labels and characters add up to a complex critique of art, politics and society all at once. The explanatory note is a fiery message to denounce elitism masking as avant-garde and to unite artists who oppose the commodification of artistic dissent. No copies reported by OCLC (Item ID: 172652)

$75.00

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