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A Call From The Artists Of Los Angeles

ID Number: 16027
Maker: Artists Protest Committee; Irving Petlin; Hardy Hanson
Technique: offset
Date Made: 1965
Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 73.5 cm x 52.5 cm; 28 15/16 in x 20 11/16 in
Main Subject: Viet Nam War Era
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Partial List Of Supporting Artists John Altoon Rudolph Baranik Larry Bell Paul Brach Helen Breger Arnaldo Coen Allen D’Arcangelo Elaine De Kooning Dijon Dillon Ken Dillon Mark Di Suvero Bella T. Feldman Herbert Ferber Llyn Foulkes Sam Francis Judy Gerowitz Leon Golub Leonel Gongora Lloyd Hamrol Hardy Hanson Francisco Icaza Donald Judd Wolf Kahn Howie Kanowitz Richard Klix Max Kozloff Roy Lichtenstein Phil Lieder Ivan Majdrakoff Robert Mallory Charles Mattox Robert McChesney Arnold Mesches Robert Motherwell Lee Mullican Rolf Nelson Frank O’Hara Miguel Hernandez Orban Jacques Overhoff Julia Pearl Irving Petlin Patrick Procktor Byron Randall Ad Reinhardt Mario Orozco Rivera Larry Rivers Jim Rosenquist Mark Rothko Frank Stella Hassel Smith Arthur Secunda George Segal Artemio Sepulveda George Sugarman Maurice Tuchman John Weber Charles White Jim Wines Adja Yunkers Jack Zajac A Call From The Artists Of Los Angeles The Artists Protest Committee is inviting a thousand of the most prominent artists in the world to join in the construction of the Artists Tower Against The War In Vietnam. We artists today, each day, attempt to summon creative energy in an atmosphere polluted with the crime, the moral decay that is the reality of the war in Vietnam. It is no longer possible to work in peace. We, as artists consider the construction of the Tower Against the War in Vietnam as the most appropriate method to register our protest against the continuing senseless slaughter in Vietnam. This action will make our voice heard as no debate, no demonstration, no newspaper advertisement could. Here, we speak in the manner native to us as artists. On a scaffolding located at the busy intersection of Sunset and La Cienega Boulevards in Los Angeles, rising as high as needed, will be erected a tower designed by the sculptor Mark di Suvero. The Tower will house hundreds of panels, each 2' x 2', contributed by invited artists from all over the world, and each uniquely symbolizing the individual protest of the artist. The Artists Protest Committee was formed in May, 1965 as a spontaneous action on the part of artists in Los Angeles who wanted to actively participate in the ferment of dissent that has gripped the American cultural community faced with the escalation of the war in Vietnam. Demonstrations were organized in Los Angeles during the Spring and Summer of 1965. Simultaneously similar groups banded together for the same reasons in New York and elsewhere. Now the time has come for an act that is truly international in scope. The fate of our tower is completely unforeseeable. Each artist must accept the possibility of its destruction by hostile groups. The reality of such a possibility makes the construction of the tower so much more a duty. Every effort is being made to secure a permanent site for the Tower, either until such time as peace in Vietnam will give us the happy task of dismantling it, or, perhaps as enduring reminder of the tradition of artist who speak out against injustice in the world. You,_________________ are invited to join us, in the construction of the Artist Tower Against The War In Vietnam.[what we need][when we need it] [shipping directions] [disposition]

Acquisition Number: 2001-152

Artists Tower Against the War in Vietnam was designed by Mark DiSuvero, using the 2' square pieces that were submitted in response to this poster. Doves were released on February 25, 1966, when the tower was consecrated. Later, each piece was sold for $180, whether by a well known artist such as DiSuvero, or by unknowns.

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