The image was taken from México está en peligro (Mexico Is in Danger), a 1958 edition of Taller de Gráfica Popular that features a series of engravings from other notable artists such as Fanny Rabel, Leopoldo Méndez and Ángel Bracho, which warn about the dangers and consequences of the use of nuclear weapons and ask for immediate nuclear disarmament.

Marianne Gertrude Yampolsky Urbach was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1925 and became a Mexican citizen in 1954. After graduating from the University of Chicago in 1945, she moved to Mexico City to join the Taller de Gráfica Popular, a collective of artists and printmakers with strong political commitments. There, alongside figures such as Leopoldo Méndez and Pablo O’Higgins, she began experimenting with engraving. She was a student at the Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado ‘La Esmeralda.’

She started working in photography after attending a workshop with Lola Álvarez Bravo. Along her five-decade trajectory, Yampolsky photographed religious and family festivities in Mexican towns, their nature and their architecture, as well as the innocence and sensitivity of girls, boys, women and men through portraiture.


Edición del Taller de Gráfica Popular. México D.F. 1958

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Organized by Estudio Pedro Reyes
in collaboration with ICAN

ARTISTS AGAINST THE BOMB is an exhibition of posters that call for universal nuclear disarmament. Each made by a different artist, the group comprises historical and newly
commissioned works that detail a cultural history of disarmament movements and evidence the diversity of ways in which artists have expressed the need to ban the bomb. ARTISTS AGAINST THE BOMB is designed for maximum agility and economic effectiveness, relying on a black and white palette both for its impact and ease o reproduction. We asked artists to ensure their works can exist on a variety of supports, ephemera such as posters, postcards, billboards, banners, flags, t-shirts and social media posts, as we aspire to achieve the widest possible circulation of this message.

ARTISTS AGAINST THE BOMB presents the works of foundational conceptual artists Art & Language; pop hero, Keith Haring; legendary feminists, Guerrilla Girls; performance artists Regina José Galindo and Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova, as well
as eminent sculptors Magdalena Abakanowicz and Isamu Noguchi. It also features indelible photographs by Robert Del Tredici and Ken Domon alongside protest graphics from social movements such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), founded in 1958 and still active; the epic Peace Squadron and Visual Artists Against Nuclear Arms (VAANA); and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Additionally, it examines how stories are told, from the theater of Bread and Puppet to films like Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove and Marguerite Duras / Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon Amour, to an unexpected survey of literature, from an early
anticipation of an atomic bomb, first envisioned by H.G. Wells in 1918, to the viscera spoken word poetry of Jayne Cortez.

ARTISTS AGAINST THE BOMB, organized by Estudio Pedro Reyes in collaboration with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), is presented on the occasion of the Second Meeting of State Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) held at the United Nations in 2023.

To organize en exhibition of ARTISTS AGAINST THE BOMB please contact curatorial assistant Verana Codina.

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