New York: Equinox Cooperative Press, 1936. First edition. Quarto [28.5 cm] Publisher's tan cloth with the title printed in black on an orange background on the backstrip and front board. With 100 reproductions on rectos only. The covers are lightly soiled, and the spine is a bit darkened. Some of the artists represented are Rockwell Kent, Lynd Ward, Hugo Gellert, Miguel Covarrubias, J. J. Lankes, Wanda Gag, Benton Spruance, Max Weber, Paul Cadmus, Fritz Eichenberg, Raphael Soyer, George Biddle, William Gropper, and Louis Lozowick. Item #52999
This book, designed by Lynd Ward, was the effort on the part of the American Artist's Congress to promote itself and its aims. "Because the congress of writers that the Communist Party USA had organized and staged in New York City in '35 had been a success (the League of American Writers was created then), the Party decided to do something similar with artists. In February '36 it put on in NYC a 'congress against war and fascism' that brought together approximately 400 artists of disparate political opinions, aesthetic bents and technical abilities. The main result of this gathering was the formation of the American Artists' Congress." (Hart, Henry. A Relevant Memoir, The Story of the Equinox Cooperative Press, p. 79-81).