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Founded in 1979 by Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper, World War 3 Illustrated is a labor of love run by a collective of artists (both first-timers and established professionals) and political activists working with the unified goal of creating a home for political comics, graphics, and stirring personal stories. Their confrontational comics shine a little reality on the fantasy world of the American kleptocracy, and have inspired the developing popularity and recognition of comics as a respected art form.

This full-color retrospective exhibition is arranged thematically, including housing rights, feminism, environmental issues, religion, police brutality, globalization, and depictions of conflicts from the Middle East to the Midwest. World War 3 Illustrated isn’t about a war that may happen; it’s about the ongoing wars being waged around the world and on our very own doorsteps. World War 3 Illustrated also illuminates the war we wage on each other—and sometimes the one taking place in our own minds. World War 3 artists have been covering the topics that matter for over 30 years, and they’re just getting warmed up.

Contributors include Sue Coe, Scott Cunningham, Eric Drooker, Fly, Sandy Jimenez, Sabrina Jones, Peter Kuper, Mac McGill, Kevin Pyle, Spain Rodriguez, James Romberger, Nicole Schulman, Chuck Sperry, Art Spiegelman, Seth Tobocman, Tom Tomorrow, Susan Willmarth, and many more.

The “World War 3 Illustrated 1979 – 2014″ book is available through PM Press HERE 

Praise:

World War 3 Illustrated is the real thing. . . . As always it mixes newcomers and veterans, emphasizes content over style (but has plenty of style), keeps that content accessible and critical, and pays its printers and distributors but no one else. If it had nothing more than that kind of dedication to recommend it, it would be invaluable. But it has much, much more.“
New York Times

“Reading WW3 is both a cleansing and an enraging experience. The graphics remind us how very serious the problems and how vile the institutions that cause them really are.“
Utne Reader

“Powerful graphic art and comic strips from the engaged and enraged pens of urban artists. The subjects include poverty, war, homelessness and drugs; it’s a poke in the eye from the dark side of America, tempered by what the artists describe as their ’oppositional optimism.’“
Whole Earth Review

“This is art—not marketing—on the newsstand. It represents the sort of creativity too rarely given an outlet in comics. It’s the best and longest running alternative comics anthology around.“
Comics Journal

“The artists of World War 3 have forged a space by turns harsh and exciting, honest and rowdy, boisterous and straight-forward, always powered by the wild and unruly harmonies of love. It’s a space where hope and history rhyme, where joy and justice meet. Their voices provoke and soothe and energize. I want to hear more.“
—Bill Ayers, founder of the Weather Underground

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Spoke Art is excited to announce the release of “Sisters”, a fine art diptych by artist Chuck Sperry. Earlier this month our sister gallery, Hashimoto Contemporary, debuted the oak variants of this edition at the Art Market San Francisco fine art fair, where they sold out quickly.

“Sisters” will be available on Friday, June 6th 2014. Each print is limited to only 80 signed and numbered copies, one per household. Available at approximately 3pm PST via Spoke Art’s online store.

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Sister (blue)
23 x 35
Oak Panel Edition of 15
7 colors om oak panel
Signed and Numbered

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Sister (green)
23 x 35
Oak Panel Edition of 15
7 colors on oak panel
Signed and Numbered

Available through Spoke Art / Hashimoto Contemporary at Art Market in San Francisco.

We are honored to announce that our sister gallery, Hashimoto Contemporary (located just three doors down from Spoke Art) will be exhibiting this weekend at Art Market San Francisco, the Bay Area’s most established contemporary and modern fine art fair.

Please join us this weekend where we will be exhibiting new and recent works from Brett Amory, Joel Daniel Phillips, Crystal Wagner, Jessica Hess, Scott Scheidly, Erik Jones, Scott Hove, Mario Wagner, Jason Seife, Shawn Huckins and Chuck Sperry.

Please note: we will not be taking pre-orders on the Chuck Sperry regular paper prints, those will be released online at a later date.

To learn more about this event, please visit the Art Market website here.

For a insightfully written overview of Sperry’s art and journey read Ben Marks’ article which appeared in Boing Boing on May 14, 2014 HERE

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I am very much looking forward to seeing everyone at “Pop Époque – The Art of Chuck Sperry” at Firehouse 8 on Thursday, May 1 at 6 pm!

Firehouse 8, 1648 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, California • May 1 to May 31, 2014
Opening: Thursday, May 1, 2014 – 6 pm to 10 pm

Chuck Sperry will be making a special month long installation in San Francisco of his very newest, large-scale, screen printed wood panel works of art – as a preview for his American supporters – of the show he is making in Paris at Galerie Oberkampf. The setting for the show is Sperry’s original Firehouse studio located on Pacific Avenue between Polk Street and Van Ness in San Francisco. There will be food, beverages and music; rock posters to be acquired; and Sperry’s newest screen printed works on wood panel. This will definitely be a fun evening!

Opening: Thursday, May 1, 2014, Firehouse 8 of San Francisco will debut a special month long solo exposition of Chuck Sperry’s very newest large-scale works of art. The opening night reception and party that is free and open to the public. The show will be on view to the general public until May 31.

Facebook Event Listing HERE

Here’s a preview of some of Chuck Sperry’s newest screen prints on wood panel:

EQUITY COLOR WEB

Equity, 2014
18 x 24
Oak Panel Edition of 25
7 colors screen printed on oak panel (framed)
Signed and Numbered
PERSEPHONE-WEB
Persephone, 2014
23 x 35
Oak Panel Edition of 6
5 colors screen printed on oak panel (framed)
Signed and Numbered
THE-MASK-OF-ANARCHY
The Mask of Anarchy, 2014
23 x 35
Oak Panel Edition of 6
5 colors screen printed on oak panel (framed)
Signed and Numbered
AMPHITRITE
Amphitrite, 2014
30 x 17.625
Oak Panel Edition of 11
6 colors screen printed on oak panel (framed)
Signed and Numbered
AEON-SPERRY-WEB
Aeon, 2014
16 x 20
Oak Panel Edition of 10
7 colors screen printed on oak panel (framed)
Signed and Numbered
LYNCH-WOOD-PANEL
In Dreams, David Lynch, 2014
18 x 35
Birch Panel Edition of 5
Acrylic & heavy metallic silver and three tints on birch panel (framed)
Signed and numbered
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There is also a review of Chuck Sperry’s archive of screen prints on wood panel:
THALIA-WEB
Thalia, 2013
40 x 66
Birch Panel Edition of 12
7 colors screen printed on birch panel (framed)
Signed and Numbered
WORLDS WITHIN
Worlds Within, 2013
48 x 40
Birch Panel Edition of 11
8 colors screen printed on birch panel (framed)
Signed and Numbered
MIND SPRING
Mind Spring, 2012
36 x 44
Birch Panel Edition of 4 (Blue)
6 colors screen printed on birch panel (framed)
Signed and Numbered
ARGENTINA
Argentina, 2013
21 x 24
Birch Panel Edition of 15
7 colors screen printed on birch panel (framed)
Signed and Numbered
VICTORY
Victory, 2013
21 x 24
Oak Panel Edition of 10
7 colors screen printed on oak panel (framed)
Signed and Numbered
Chaos Web
Chaos, 2012
40 x 60
Birch Panel Edition of 4
7 colors screen printed on birch panel (framed)
Signed and Numbered
Cosmos Web
Cosmos, 2012
40 x 60
Birch Panel Edition of 4
7 colors screen printed on birch panel (framed)
Signed and Numbered
Alpha
Alpha, 2012
23 x 35
Birch Panel Edition of 15
6 colors screen printed on birch panel (framed)
Signed and Numbered
Omega
Omega, 2012
23 x 35
Birch Panel Edition of 15
6 colors screen printed on birch panel (framed)
Signed and Numbered
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