Art for a Nuclear Weapons Freeze: An Exhibition and Auction. Introduction, Judith Goldman, Michael Mazur.
Art for a Nuclear Weapons Freeze: An Exhibition and Auction
Art for a Nuclear Weapons Freeze: An Exhibition and Auction

Art for a Nuclear Weapons Freeze: An Exhibition and Auction

[New York?]: [Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign?], 1983. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo (7 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches / 190 x 215 mm), [32] unnumbered pages in side-stapled wrappers. Light edge wear, otherwise a Fine copy. Profusely illustrated catalogue for a traveling exhibition and auction to raise money for the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign in the wake of the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative (known as "Star Wars"). Twenty-four artists and artists' estates donated paintings, drawings, and sculptures to benefit the Freeze campaign. Between October 18 and December 3, 1983, the art was exhibited at nine galleries, in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Dallas, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston, and finally New York, where the auction took place on December 3 at the Brooke Alexander gallery. Each work of art receives a full-page illustration. Most are in black-and-white while eight are in color. The catalogue also provides a list of auction estimates for each work. The catalogue discusses the arms race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. "We are on the verge of an extremely dangerous new round of escalation involving the testing, production, and deployment of destabilizing 'first-strike' weapons," writes Randall Kehler, national coordinator of the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign. "As Secretary of Defense [Caspar] Weinberger has testified, the United States has an 'immense technological edge' over the Soviet Union; it is taking the lead in this new round, and the Soviets are certain to follow." An interesting look at how some well-known artists and artists' estates contributed their prestige and art to the fight against the arms race. Copies of this catalogue are not often seen in the market. SCARCE. Item #1332

Participating artists and artists' estates were: The Milton Avery Estate, Louise Bourgeois, The Stuart Davis Estate, Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine, Sam Francis, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Alex Katz, Lee Krasner, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Morris, Robert Motherwell, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Kenneth Noland, Claes Oldenbug, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, The Ben Shahn Estate, and The David Smith Estate.

Price: $175.00

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