Size: 19.5 x 27.5 inches
Artist: Miguel A. Castro
As opposed to the French who pioneered the lithographic process, Cuban poster production in the 1950s and 60s was primarily centered around silk screening. Images were built up through layers of paint rather than ink, resulting in a poster which more closely resembled a painting than a litho. The printing tradition continues with CartelON, a project devoted to promoting silkscreening in Cuba by organizing graphic design contests where creatives of all ages can be inspired to explore screenprinting.
This poster won first place in a design competition centered around the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Guernica. The event saw the aerial bombing of the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War in April 1937. Carried out by the allies of Francisco Franco's nationalist government, it gained controversy for involving the bombing of civilians by military air force. It became the subject of Pablo Picasso's famous anti-war painting commissioned by the Spanish Republic.
Designed by Miguel A. Castro, the poster uses a sectioned tree trunk to symbolize the passing of time (80 years, in fact) and a red tear to commemorate the innumerable victims of the event. Thoughtful, minimalist, and poignant. Poster is numbered, dry-stamped, and hand-signed by the artist. Unlined and in excellent condition!