Last copies of the rare first edition, now available on the 100th anniversary year of Carlos Cortez's birth. Originally published on the 150th anniversary of Posada's birth (1852-2002), this book features 121 of the finest works by the great popular engraver and relief-etcher who inspired not only the Mexican muralists but also the international Surrealist movement as well as poster artists and radical cartoonists from all over the world. Also included here are excerpts from classic texts on the artist by Jean Charlot, Jose Clemente Orozco, Frida Kahlo, Andre Breton and others, as well as statements by poets and artists of our own time-Dennis Brutus, Rikki Ducornet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Franklin Rosemont, Joseph Jablonski, Ted Joans, Casandra Stark Mele, and many more. Dimensions: 5.5 X 8.5," 94 pages Materials: Softcover book
Beloved and inspiring Chicago artist and poet Carlos Cortez (1923-2005) was president of Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company for almost 20 years, a longtime labor activist and member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) from 1947 until his death, co-founder of the first Mexican-American arts organization in Illinois, Movimiento Artistico Chicano (MARCH), and a conscientious objector who was imprisoned for his beliefs. Cortez drew artistic inspiration from German Expressionists, Aztec iconography, and Mexican artists including Diego Rivera and revolutionary printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada.
Charles H. Kerr Publishing (South Chicago)
Founded by Charles Hope Kerr, a son of abolitionists, in 1886, Charles H. Kerr Publishing is the oldest continuously running radical publisher in the US, offering "subversive literature for the whole family." Close to the Socialist Party and the Industrial Workers of the World, Kerr brought out many Marxist classics, including the first complete English edition of Capital (1906–1909), as well as works by anarchist Peter Kropotkin, feminist Matilda Joslyn Gage, Irish revolutionist James Connolly, animal rights crusader J. Howard Moore, such noted U.S. socialists as Eugene V. Debs, “Mother” Jones, Upton Sinclair, Jack London, Gustavus Myers, Carl Sandburg, William D. Haywood, Mary E. Marcy—whose Shop Talks on Economics (1911) sold over two million copies—and, more recently, Staughton Lynd, C. L. R. James, and Carlos Cortez.
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