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"The Left Front: Radical Art in the 'Red Decade,' 1929-1940"

Harry Gottlieb "The Strike Is Won" (1937)

In the wake of the great Wall Street crash of 1929, pissed off liberal artists and writers formed the John Reed Club (JRC). Named after a journalist who witnessed the 1917 Russian Revolution, the JRC used its art as a social weapon—something far beyond political cartoon. The paintings and inking of grotesque fatcats and slumped, shadowy workers obviously still resonate, in the wake of our own great recession.

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