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Kissing Doesn't Kill. Greed and Indifference Do.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United States (published)

  • Date:

    1989 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gran Fury (designer)
    ACT UP (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour offset lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Shaun Cole. Reproduced courtesy of Gran Fury/Avram Finkelstein

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case E, shelf 7, box E/F

Gran Fury, a collective of artists and designers dedicated to promoting AIDS/HIV awareness, produced many inventive and thought-provoking posters. AIDS activists had used the strategy of the 'Kiss-In' - large public demonstrations of affection by gay and straight people - to undermine complacency and conservative commentators alike. This 1989 advertisement, designed for display on public transport in New York City and San Francisco, ridicules small-mindedness as well as reminding the authorities of their responsibilities in combating AIDS.

Physical description

Landscape format poster printed in colours. The head and shoulders of three couples: a man and a woman; a man and a man; and a woman and a woman, of various races, kissing. Captioned above, in blue with title, and below in white lettering on a blue strip- reading: Corporate Greed, Government Inaction And Public Indifference Make AIDS A Political Crisis.

Place of Origin

United States (published)


1989 (published)


Gran Fury (designer)
ACT UP (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

Gran Fury
Maker's identification; lower right corner; offset lithography

Distributor's identification; Left margin; offset lithography


Height: 293 mm sheet, Width: 941 mm sheet

Descriptive line

Poster by Gran Fury, 'Kissing Doesn't Kill. Greed and Indifference Do', colour lithograph, United States, 1989.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1993
This object features in 'Out on Display: A selection of LGBTQ-related objects on display in the V&A', a booklet created by the V&A's LGBTQ Working Group. First developed and distributed to coincide with the 2014 Pride in London Parade, the guide was then expanded for the Queer and Now Friday Late that took place in February 2015.

Production Note

the production of this poster was sponsored by AmFAR (American Foundation for AIDS Reseach)

Reason For Production: Commission


Printing ink; Paper


Colour offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Lesbian; AIDS; Men; Women; Homosexuality; Gay; Sexuality


Health; Propaganda; Prints; Gender and Sexuality; Posters; LGBTQ

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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