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Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America

ID Number: 15830
Maker: Claes Oldenburg; Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America; Sara Seagull
Technique: offset
Date Made: 1984
Place Made: United States: New York, New York
Measurements: 94 cm x 60.7 cm; 37 in x 24 in
Main Subject: Latin America: Caribbean and Central America
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention In Central America If we can simply witness the destruction of another culture, we are sacrificing our own right to make culture. Anyone who has ever protested repression anywhere should consider the responsibility to defend the culture and rights of the Central American people. The arts are used by our government as evidence of creative freedom, and the lack of censorship in a democracy. At the same time, the Reagan Administration denies the people of Central America the right to self-determination and to independence. It is of the utmost importance that the people of North America express now our deep concern for peace and freedom in Central America, where the situation becomes more critical everyday. [...] Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention In Central Amercia is a nationwide mobilization of artists organizing out of New York City. A huge series of exhibitions and events will be centered around January 22nd--the 52nd anniversary of the 1932 massacre in El Salvador which marked the beginning of the systematic destruction of the Salvadoran culture. In conjunction with the INALSE (The Institute for the Arts and Letters of El Salvador in Exile) and in cooperation with the ASTC (The Sandinista Association of Cultural Workers)-- artists will jointly exhibit art from Central America, art about Central America and art in support of Central America, as a political and esthetic strategy to call attention to Central American issues. Artists Call represents the outrage of thousands of artists and intellectuals concerned with the repression of the crucial cultural rights of all people, Artists Call General Statement, January 1984 Poster Design: Claes Oldenburg Production: Sara Seagull & the Poster Committee of Artists Call

Acquisition Number: 1994-110

Visual reference to the famous WWII photograph by Joe Rosenthal of Marines raising US flag in Iwo Jima, but here it is pulling down the giant banana, referring to the U.S. puppet states, aka Banana Republics. Giant banana is also a reference to Oldenberg's trademark sculptures of ordinary objects and food items rendered in gigantic scale.

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