Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.: Citizen Printer

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Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.: Citizen Printer

Editor  Amos Paul Kennedy Jr , Foreword by  Austin Kleon , Text by (Art/Photo Books)  Myron Beasley
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Celebrating the storied career of a beloved letterpress printer whose posters spread messages of racial justice

Detroit-based letterpress printer Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. is celebrated for his type-driven messages of social justice and Black power, emblazoned in rhythmically layered and boldly inked posters made for the masses. Citizen Printer tells Kennedy's inspiring story and contextualizes his important work--and offers readers tools for lifting their voices, too. A vital monograph on a trailblazing contemporary Black artist, Citizen Printer features 500 reproductions representing the breadth of Kennedy's posters and prints, plus original portraiture of the artist at work, a powerful artist statement and a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Austin Kleon, all presented in a dynamic type-forward design from AND, the design studio of AIGA Award winner Gail Anderson and Joe Newton.
Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. (born 1948) was working a corporate job for AT&T when, at the age of 40, he discovered the art of letterpress printing on a tour of Colonial Williamsburg. Kennedy then devoted himself to the craft, earning an MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and teaching at Indiana University. He now operates Kennedy Prints , a communal letterpress center in Detroit. Borrowing words from social justice heroes Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth and others, Kennedy layers bold statements on race, capitalism, history and politics in exuberant, colorful and one-of-a-kind posters. Kennedy has been featured in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine and the Economist, and his work has been exhibited by the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and other institutions through the US. He was the subject of a 2012 feature-length documentary, Proceed and Be Bold

ISBN: 9781736863381

ISBN-10: 9781736863381

Publisher: Letterform Archive Books

Publication Date: 06/18/2024 - 12:00am

On Sale: 06/18/2024 - 12:00am

Pages: 276

Language: English


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Graphic Arts - Typography