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High Noon. 4 June 1989

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Poland (printed)

  • Date:

    1989 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sarnecki, Tomasz, born 1966 (designer)
    Solidarity Independent Trade Union (issued by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset lithograph printed in black and red on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.3125-1990

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Tomasz Sarnecki's poster is one of the most memorable images of the June 1989 elections in Poland, a key moment in the democratic revolution that took place that year in Eastern Europe. It represents the election as the moment when the Communist Party will be brought to justice. The pistol that Gary Cooper had carried in the Hollywood western High Noon (1952), is replaced by the ballot paper, metaphorically identifying an impending change from rule by force to rule by ballot box.

Physical description

Portrait format poster printed in red and black. Iconic image of Gary Cooper as sheriff in the American film 'High Noon', but his gun has been replaced with a ballot paper and he wears the 'Solidarity' badge on his lapel. Behind him the Solidarity logo in red and below in Polish, '4 June 1989'

Place of Origin

Poland (printed)

Date

1989 (printed)

Artist/maker

Sarnecki, Tomasz, born 1966 (designer)
Solidarity Independent Trade Union (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

Offset lithograph printed in black and red on paper

Dimensions

Height: 1000 mm sheet, Width: 698 mm sheet

Descriptive line

'High Noon 4 June 1989', election poster for Solidarity, Poland by Tomasz Sarnecki. Colour offset lithograph, Poland, 1989.

Production Note

Election poster issued by Solidarity Independent Trade Union.

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Colour offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Democracy; Counter-revolution; Propaganda; Trade unions; Actors; Sheriffs; Communism; Cinema; Politics; Elections; Justice

Categories

Politics; Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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