Stephen Kroninger
WW3 Exhibit

 Yet another exhibit featuring work I did back in the eighties. These for a retrospective of "World War 3 Illustrated," the magazine edited by Peter Kuper and Seth Tobacman. My work apeared in a number of issues.
GRAPHIC RADICALS: 30 Years of World War 3 Illustrated
December 7, 2010 – February 7, 2011

Retrospective opening Tuesday, December 7, 7-9 pm
Exit Art
475 Tenth Ave
New York, NY 10018
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
NEW YORK – Graphic Radicals is a 30th anniversary retrospective of World War 3 Illustrated, an independently published political comic magazine founded in 1980 by artists Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper. Comprised of original comics, drawings and paintings, posters, commissioned murals, documentary film, animation and a complete set of issues, Graphic Radicals will be the largest World War 3 exhibition to date and will highlight the history that World War 3 has scrutinized, documented, and participated in for three decades.
World War 3 Illustrated was first established in response to the Iran hostage crisis and impending election of Ronald Reagan and since then has confronted social and political issues ignored by the mainstream press. The magazine is an annual publication produced by a collective of artists with each issue addressing a particular theme. WW3 has covered topics as diverse as the Tompkins Square riot, homelessness, first-person accounts of 9/11, the prison industrial complex, a teachers’ strike in Mexico, Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts and, in the upcoming issue, the food chain.
Critic Lucy Lippard wrote of World War 3 Illustrated that its “ecological and social prophecies are coming to pass, and the apocalyptic vision that gives WW3 its desperate force and unique identity is the present.”

Mumia Abu Jamal, Penny Allen, Peter Bagge, Isabella Bannerman, Rosie Bottom, Steve Brodner, Zenzele Browne, Leigh Brownhill, Christopher Cardinale, Sue Coe, Scott Cunningham, Brian Damage, Eric Darton, Eric Drooker, Kate Evans, FLY, Susan Greene, Ethan Heitner, Chris Heneghan, Paula Hewitt, Mirko Ilic, Ryan Inzana, Melissa Jameson, Sandy Jimenez, Sabrina Jones, Kathy Kelly, Tom Keough, Stephen Kroninger, Peter Kuper, Irene Ledwith, Tom McDonald, Mac McGill, Rebecca Migdal, Naji-Al-Ali, Ursula O’Steen, Maddalena Polleta, Kevin Pyle, Carlo Quispe, Corinne Rhodes, Spain Rodriguez, James Romberger, Joe Sacco, Nicole Schulman, Susan Simensky Bietile, Erin Sinefit, Chuck Sperry, Art Spiegelman, Tenesh, Seth Tobocman, Teresa Turner, Lawrence Van Abbema, Anton Van Dalen, Edwin Vazquez, John Williamson, Susan Willmarth, Samantha Wilson, Leah Wishnia, David Wojnarowicz, WW3 Arts In Action, Micah Ian Wright
Organized by Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman, and Susan Willmarth.

 In 1984 The Village Voice sent me to the Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas. It was the year of the Reagan coronation. My job was to take in as much as I could and then set down my impressions in collage. These are the results of that trip. I traveled with Steve Brodner who was sent there by The Progressive magazine. Actually thinking back on it we may have paid our own ways but each publication secured our press creditials. It was a long time ago.
 Steve and I were a bit of an odd couple. While Steve went to a GOP barbecue hosted by Jeane Kirkpatrick, then U.S. ambassador to the United Nations as well as the keynote address speaker, I went to a Dead Kennedys concert/rally held in front of the convention center. I saw them twice that week. A few nights later I left midway through Reagan's acceptance speech in order to see them play again. We all have our priorities.  
Jeane Kirkpatrick

here's how they appeared in issue #5
 The top two pieces on the second page were first printed in the Village Voice. I'm grateful to Seth and Peter for having published the entire series.

Some more works from the same period.

Kid Soldier

The Great Communicator

America For Americans

 This is my first published collage. It didn't appear in World War 3 but in Steve Brodner's New York Illustrated News (1981). It seemed to fit this post so I included it.

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