Aug 19, 2021 - Sale 2578

Sale 2578 - Lot 212

Price Realized: $ 5,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000


Offset lithograph poster 864x559 mm, 34x22 inches. [New York]: AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power [ACT UP], 1987.

Provenance: from the collection of Christopher Lione.

Aids Demo Graphics p. 36, After Silence fig. 2.

This was the first poster designed after the Silence=Death Collective joined with ACT UP. "The image for [this poster] was always a fait accompli: there was no controversy over whether to depict Reagan. We chose an image of him that would translate into a one-color graphic, flattening him into iconography that could be easily recognizable from a distance and on television B roll, the images used to illustrate voiceover news reports" (After Silence p. 72).