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Extremely rare vintage political poster - even more so when hand signed by Baldessari, with such impressive provenance - and less common than many of his limited edition signed prints! This poster was designed by John Baldessari and Norm Gollin for Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America. This poster has excellent provenance as it was de-accessioned from the prestitious Center for Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles, California. Below is the detailed cataloguing the Center provided for the artists involved in this coalition, and the art galleries sponsoring the cause:
Artists Call is a national coalition of visual, literary, and performing artists who have concern for the life, culture, and traditions of Central American and Caribbean peoples. Artists Call is opposed to the ways in which these are threatened by foreign intervention. As North Americans we recognize our responsibility to speak out against injustice and the threat of regional war, promoted by our administration, and its domestic consequences. All events planned for October 1984 are an expression of these concerns. Los Angeles artists call Against U.S. Intervention In Central America: 426 North Avenue 66, Los Angeles, CA., 90042, (213) 255-9923 [along corner of image] John Baldessari Norm Gollin: Poster Design [lists of dates and venues] Exhibits September 30 3-5 p.m. Thinking Eye Gallery 1318 S. Figueroa Street L.A. 90015 748-3411 October 2 8 p.m. Café Cultural 2038 E. First Street L.A. 90032 264-4140 October 3 7 p.m. SPARC 685 Venice Boulevard Venice 90291 822-9560 October 7 4-7 p.m. Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research 6120 S. Vermont Street L.A. 90044 759-6063 Self-Help Graphics 3802 Brooklyn Avenue L.A. 90063 264-1259 Video October 10 8 p.m. LACE 240 S. Broadway, 3rd floor L.A. 90012 620-0104 Video from and about Central America October 17 noon & 7 p.m. L.A. Community College 855 N. Vermont Avenue L.A. 90005 Video from and about Central America October 25 8 p.m. LAICA 2020 S. Robertson Boulevard L.A. 90034 559-5033 Art Video Performances October 7 4-7 Southern California Library for Social Studies & Research [contact information] October 18 8:30 p.m. Lhasa Club [contact information] October 19 8 p.m. Orwell Memorial Performance Space [contact information] Literacy Readings October 2 8 p.m. Cafe Cultural [contact information] October 5 8.p.m. Hollywood Lutheran Church [contact information] October 21 4-6 Southern California Library of Social Studies & Research [contact information] October 24 2-5 p.m. Sunset Canyon Recreation Center [contact information] Slide Lectures and Teach-Ins October 10 7 p.m. "Art & Politics 1960's to 1980's" Shifra Goldman Harbor College October 11 2 p.m. "Art & Politics" Shifra Goldman USC Fine Arts, Watt Hall October 13 2 p.m. "Art & Politics" Shifra Goldman Southern California Library of Social Studies & Research October 17 1:30-5 p.m. Teach-In Arnold Meshes, Carol Wells and more USC Fine Arts, Watt Hall October 20 7 p.m. "Art & Politics" Shifra Goldman Frances Williams Corner Theatre [contact information] October 20 8 p.m. Margaret Randall L.A. Center for Photographic Studies [contact information] October 24 7 p.m. "Culture in a New Nicaragua" Carol Wells Harbor College October 28 4 p.m. "Culture in a New Nicaragua" Carol Wells Southern California Library of Social Studies & Research Support Galleries and Shows [contact information omitted for each venue] Art Space Richard Oginz[;] Brockman Gallery Voter's Rights Show[;] Cirrus Gallery William Hemmerdinger 9/9-11/3 Charles Christopher Hill 10/13-12/1[;] Eighth Street Gallery Richard Sigmond 9/6-10/20[;] Exploratorium Gallery Lisa Kokin 9/20-10/20[;] First Unitarian Church of L.A. Minna Agins[;] Guggenheim Gallery Since Viet Nam: The war and Its Aftermath 9/10-10/25[;] Kirk deGooyer Gallery David Kaisler 9/8-10/12 New Works by Gallery Artists 10/24-12/10[;] Margo Leavin Gallery John Baldessari 9/15-10/13[;] Richard Evans Gallery Efram Wolff, Annie Shows 9/21-10/21[;] Unitarian Community Church Harold E. Weiner 9/30-10/28[;] Endorsing Galleries [contact information omitted] Gallery 318[;] Heritage Gallery[;] Karl Bornstein Gallery[;] Koplin Gallery[;] Simard Gallery[;] Tobey C. Moss Gallery[;] The Woman's Building [artist signature]
This is an interesting piece of political and art historical ephemera from LA in the the mid 1980s -and highly collectible when hand signed by Baldessari. Unframed and in very good condition.
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Signature: Boldly signed in white sharpie by Baldessari at the bottom.
Publisher: Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America
Center for Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles California
It is hard to characterize John Baldessari's varied practice—which includes photomontage, artist’s books, prints, paintings, film, performance, and installation—except through his approach of good-humored irreverence. Baldessari is commonly associated with Conceptual or Minimalist art, though he has called this characterization “a little bit boring.” His two-dimensional works often incorporate found images, composed in layers or presented as distinct pieces with an element of surprise, like a brightly colored geometric shape in the place of a face or a starkly printed sardonic caption. Baldessari has demonstrated a lasting interest in language and semantics, articulating these concerns through the use of puns or the juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated images and words, as in his 1978 work Blasted Allegories. His self-referencing photomontages and use of text have been sources of inspiration for countless artists, including Cindy Sherman, David Salle, and Barbara Kruger. Baldessari identifies his own artistic lineage, saying, "I would prefer to go to the source with Duchamp rather than credit Warhol as an influence."
American, b. 1931, National City, California, based in Los Angeles, California
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