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Poster. VARIOUS ARTISTS. WPA FEDERAL ART PROJE
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VARIOUS ARTISTS. WPA FEDERAL ART PROJECT COLOR SCREENPRINT CALENDAR. Cover, title page and 12 pages. 1939.
11 1/4x8 3/4 inches.
Condition B+: front cover detached; discolored. Paper and board.
"In 1938 Audrey McMahon, head of the WPA's New York City Federal Art Project, suggested that its Poster Division design and print a calendar for distribution to members of Congress and administration officials, hoping to impress them with the quality of project work. The strategy backfired when one Congressman took to the floor of the House brandishing a copy of the calendar as he gave a speech attacking its production as a waste of taxpayers' money" (http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/new_deal_for_the_arts/useful_arts3.html). Although unattributed, it has been recorded that the following artists' works are part of the ensemble calendar: Jerome Henry Rothstein, Alexander Dux, Harry Herzog, Ben Kaplan, Richard Halls, Aida McKenzie, Vera Bock, Leslie Bryan Borroughs.

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Poster. VARIOUS ARTISTS. WPA FEDERAL ART PROJE

Estimate $600 - $900
May 08, 2006
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Starting Price $300
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2079137: Poster. VARIOUS ARTISTS. WPA FEDERAL ART PROJE

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VARIOUS ARTISTS. WPA FEDERAL ART PROJECT COLOR SCREENPRINT CALENDAR. Cover, title page and 12 pages. 1939.
11 1/4x8 3/4 inches.
Condition B+: front cover detached; discolored. Paper and board.
"In 1938 Audrey McMahon, head of the WPA's New York City Federal Art Project, suggested that its Poster Division design and print a calendar for distribution to members of Congress and administration officials, hoping to impress them with the quality of project work. The strategy backfired when one Congressman took to the floor of the House brandishing a copy of the calendar as he gave a speech attacking its production as a waste of taxpayers' money" (http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/new_deal_for_the_arts/useful_arts3.html). Although unattributed, it has been recorded that the following artists' works are part of the ensemble calendar: Jerome Henry Rothstein, Alexander Dux, Harry Herzog, Ben Kaplan, Richard Halls, Aida McKenzie, Vera Bock, Leslie Bryan Borroughs.

All items are offered for sale subject to Swann Galleries' standard terms and conditions of sale, which are published in our catalogues and are posted below.

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