Art Front Magazine (1937)

1840-1945, Date, Disruptive Spaces, Subjectives of Refusal, Urban Spaces, Workers

The Art Front was a magazine first published by the Artists Union of New York as a response to Nelson Rockefeller’s destruction of a mural by Diego Rivera in 1934. Politically, the Artists Union and the magazine were aligned with the Communist Party in the United States, and the Union emerged largely as a way to provide financial relief for artists during the Great Depression Era. The magazine itself consisted of just 25 issues, and was created by just 16 writers. This issue was the last of the 25, published in 1937. The three articles in it cover the intersection of art and politics in China, a “revival” in printmaking, and the Labor Pavillion at the upcoming World Fair

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