Bob & Roberta Smith Make Art Not War (poster)
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License this image. Make Art Not War is a large, square painting on two plywood panels that are attached together by five wooden battens on the reverse. The large, bold letters are mostly painted in black and dark blue, but one is orange and another is white. All of the letters have outlines and simulated shadows. Smith originally found the plywood panels in a skip. Having attached them to the wooden battens, he gave them an undercoat of wood primer, before adding the other paints. Smith produced individually cut paper stencils for the letters, placed the boards on a horizontal surface and then drew the characters onto them with a wax pencil.
Edited by Ralph Young. Request Exam or Desk Copy. Access this eBook from one of our digital partners Table of Contents Introduction. Description Authors Praise An extraordinarily visceral collection of posters that represent the progressive protest movements of the twentieth Century. Make Art, Not War combines the aesthetic with the political to show how the arts and culture have informed and protested social injustices and wars. Often, art and culture are the first ways we learn of politics and dissent. More than heavy theoretical tomes, we can see, in a poster or painting, powerful statements on racism, sexism, homophobia, or war.