Minutes of a Communist Cell on Art: Anonymous, but believed unquestionably authentic by competent authorities reveals the Party's tactics re: "Modern Art" [cover title]. Wheeler WILLIAMS, E. Merrill Root.

Minutes of a Communist Cell on Art: Anonymous, but believed unquestionably authentic by competent authorities reveals the Party's tactics re: "Modern Art" [cover title]

[Fullerton, CA: Education Information, 1960]. First Edition. Paperback. Second report distributed by the American Artists Professional League on the Communist Party's use of "modern art" as a weapon. Prepared primarily by Williams and "those who believe that Art should reflect the beauty of God's works." The contents are described as authenticated notes made by an anonymous fellow artist and "Friend of truth and decency" who attended meetings "at which the tactics to destroy art were discussed. It was presumed that this was a communist cell." Williams, known for the conservatism of his sculpture commissions, was an staunch supporter of the House Un-American Activities Committee. In the Foreword he asks "Were you one of the many who resented some of the W.P.A. Post Office Murals that seemed to have no other object than rubbing slum scenes in your eyes?...If you answer...is 'Yes,' then cheer up. Your I.Q. as an ART Connoisseur is all right" (p. 5). Apart from the insider notes, content also includes reproduction of text from the American National Exhibtion in Moscow (though the pages are slightly out of order); and fellow anti-Communist and poet E. Merrill Root's "Reflections," which includes the poem "Ultimatum to December" and an essay titled "The Root of the Matter." Quarto (27cm.); original tan staplebound wrappers illustrated by Wheeler; 21cm.; illus., text in double columns. Vertical fold with original mailing label and partially removed tape to rear wrapper; extremities a bit worn from handling, else Very Good.

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