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Getting it all Together. McGovern

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1972 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nelson, Alix (artist)
    Weller, Paul (artist)
    Bacon, Paul (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour offset lithography

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.96-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR3

Democratic Senator George McGovern unsuccessfully challenged Richard Nixon for the presidency in 1972. He stood on an anti-Vietnam War ticket. The poster very simply shows the Stars and Stripes being assembled and makes use of the flag's status as an embodiment of the nation and the visualised fulfilment of the 'American dream'.

McGovern's political efforts during the 1960s mainly centred on eliminating hunger in America. He served as the director of President Kennedy's Food for Peace programme. He was also openly critical of President Lyndon Johnson's deployment of US troops in Vietnam. His views made him a popular candidate with progressive students of voting age, however he only received 38% of the popular vote. Some attribute his defeat to a proposed guaranteed income for poor families, an idea opposed by the majority of middle class tax payers.

Physical description

Assemblage of stars and stripes (American flag)

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1972 (made)

Artist/maker

Nelson, Alix (artist)
Weller, Paul (artist)
Bacon, Paul (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithography

Dimensions

Height: 96.6 cm, Width: 63.6 cm

Descriptive line

Poster promoting Senator McGovern's presidential candidacy in America, 1972

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Colour offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Propaganda; Flags; Stars; Politics; Elections; Stripes

Categories

Propaganda; Prints; Politics; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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