We had the pleasure of viewing ‘Graphic Radicals: 30 Years of World War 3 Illustrated’ retrospective at the Exit Art space on a recent trip to New York City.
World War 3 Illustrated is an independently published politcal comic magazine, founded in 1980 by artists Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper. The retrospective is compromised of original comic drawings, posters, paintings, murals, documentary film, and animation. Graphic Radicals is the largest World War 3 Illustrated exhibit to date. It highlights the history that the magazine has documented and participated in for the past three decades. The magazine was first established in response to the Iran hostage crisis and impending election of Ronald Reagan.
Since then it has confronted all the social and political issues usually ignored by the mainstream press such as the Tompkins Square riot, homelessness, 9/11, the prison system, Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts and many others.
Here is but a mere glimpse of what this retrospect has to offer.
Graphic Radicals runs through February 5, 2011 at Exit Art.