Josh McPhee, one of the fine folks behind the Just Seeds Visual Resistance Artists’ Coop, has published a powerful collection of contemporary political printmaking.
Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today is a major collection of contemporary politically and socially engaged printmaking. The book’s 156 full-color pages include hundreds of reproductions, as well as three essays and several shorter writings to provide context and food for thought.
From the publisher’s website: “This full color book showcases print art that uses themes of social justice and global equity to engage community members in political conversation. Based on an art exhibition which has traveled to a dozen cities in North America, Paper Politics features artwork by over 200 international artists; an eclectic collection of work by both activist and non-activist printmakers who have felt the need to respond to the monumental trends and events of our times.”
“Paper Politics presents a breathtaking tour of the many modalities of printing by hand: relief, intaglio, lithography, serigraph, collagraph, monotype, and photography. In addition to these techniques, included are more traditional media used to convey political thought, finely crafted stencils and silk-screens intended for wheat pasting in the street.”