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Yo! What Happened To Peace? Paperback – April 1, 2007

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Artist and curator John Carr began inviting submissions of Iraq-themed anti-war posters back in 2002 for a show titled Yo! What Happened To Peace. This was in the period of time leading up to the U.S. invasion and he got some great work. About 100 artists contributed and have since had their work tour Japan, Los Angeles, New York, Milan, Rejkyavik, San Francisco and many other cities. The book chronicles the some 200 pieces that made up the show in their various incantations as they made their way to different cities. Edited by Carr, the book includes work by Ames Bros., Chaz Bojorquez, Robbie Conal, 3D, Eric Drooker, Emek, Shepard Fairey/OBEY, Karen Fiorito, Firehouse, Brandy Flower, Forkscrew Graphics, Futura, Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca, JK5, Kayrock & Wolfy, Josh MacPhee, Mear One, Favianna Rodriguez, Seripop, Yuri Shimojo, Winston Smith, Seth Tobocman, Mark Vallen, Voodoo Catbox and MANY others. It also comes with a great forward by Winston Smith and a stencil as the front cover! Oh also, we should be out of Iraq by now since it was an unfounded and unlawfull war, where thousands have died, and where there is no end in sight. But you already knew that. I feel like this book is the equaliviant of the "Imeach Bush" sticker I see in the bathroom of my neighborhood bar. Who extactly is this book converting? Either way, discontent and anger is always a great catlyst for art and if you take a look at the pages below you'll see some good examples. --fecalface.com

Yo! What Happened to Peace?, is an exhibition of hand-made prints in opposition to the invasion and occupation of Iraq. The brainchild of L.A. based artist John Carr, the exhibit had its beginnings in 2002 during the run-up to war in Iraq. Being a printmaker, Carr wanted to put together a traveling exhibit that was not only a political expression, but a celebration of the fine art of printmaking. Instead of machine printed reproductions, the Yo! show consists entirely of handcrafted prints - Silkscreens, Lithographs, Linocuts, Woodcuts and Stencils. The collection is a striking example of contemporary political poster making, and I m happy to have four of my early prints in the exhibition. Past showings were held in Tokyo, San Francisco, New York, Milan, Rejkyavik, Washington D.C., Boston and Chicago. On April 14th, 2007, Yo! What Happened to Peace?, opened at the House of Love and Dissent in Rome, Italy. The opening was also the launch for the exceptional catalog book that documents the traveling exhibition. You can preview the Rome exhibit here, as well as view a number of prints from the exhibition and its catalog. Edited by John Carr, the Yo! book features an introduction by punk art legend Winston Smith, a unique embossed stencil cover, and reproductions of the 220 plus handcrafted anti-war and pro-peace prints by some 120 artists that have come to define the touring poster exhibition. My own prints are included in the book, along with posters by Chaz Bojorquez, Robbie Conal, Eric Drooker, Emek, Shepard Fairey/OBEY, Poli Marichal, Favianna Rodriguez, Seth Tobocman and others too numerous to mention. The Yo! What Happened to Peace? book will have its U.S. launch at the UCLA / L.A. Times Festival of Books at the Imix Books booth. The book fair takes place for two days starting April 28th, 2007 (hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) , and will provide those interested with the opportunity to meet with John Carr, and hopefully a good number of the L.A. artists whose works appear in the art book. --art-for-a-change.com

Yo! What Happened to Peace? By MICHAEL SIMMONS War is a four-letter word with only three letters. The inability of the human race to stop waging this obscenity can't be blamed on artists. If all humans were artists, at worst we'd endure mindless competition, catty egotists, pretentious performance and overpriced chachkies. Yes, Hitler dabbled in watercolors and was twice rejected by the Academy of Arts in Vienna, but he was the exception. Generally speaking, artists create and rarely destroy. A powerful contemporary group show that exemplifies the art community's pacifistic impulse is YO! WHAT HAPPENED TO PEACE? Curated by artist John Carr, YO! is the work of over 200 visual artists responding to the American invasion and occupation of Iraq and can be viewed in both a catalogue for purchase and a traveling exhibition. Carr began collecting anti-war prints in 2002 while the Bush Administration was lying through its teeth about Weapons of Mass Destruction. Exhibits have been held in Tokyo, Los Angeles, and San Francisco and the show opens at The Foundry in London this Tuesday, November 6th. Contributors range from longtime American agitpropsters such as Winston Smith, Eric Drooker, Robbie Conal, Seth Tobocman, Mark Vallen, Shepard Fairey, and Emek to brother and sister printmakers from Japan, Canada, France, and Italy. Many use dark humor to make their point. All use color, passion, and deeply felt revulsion at the mindless violence currently called United States foreign policy. My friend, artist KMAX, turned me onto this collection. She has a sparse but lovely entry that speaks to all war -- including the War on Drugs. Under the legend LIBERTY=PEACE is a bare-breasted woman wearing a keffiyeh and surrounded by marijuana plants. At the bottom reads SUPPORT UNDERGROUND ECONOMIES. It's a controversial poster that conflates several issues and will no doubt endear, as well as offend, those of multifarious points of view. When free speech and art meet, some will dig, some won't. The beauty of free speech is that it guarantees the expression of unpopular concepts. The beauty of YO! WHAT HAPPENED TO PEACE? is that it makes liberty and peace beautiful indeed. Michael Simmons is an award-winning journalist and currently filming a documentary on the Yippies. He can be reached at guydebord@sbcglobal.net. --counterpunch.org

About the Author

John Carr is a graphic artist, curator and printmaker currently residing in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in exhibitions and in music packaging, magazine and book formats internationally. He organizes the Yo! What Happened to Peace? exhibition of anti-war and pro-peace prints on an ongoing basis, sharing the work with audiences internationally.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Yo! What Happened To Peace?; 1 edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615162843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615162843
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,667,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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