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Poster

Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    2003 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kennard, Peter Lawrence, born 1949 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:

    E.1045-2003

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 2E, shelf 112

This poster by Peter Kennard is one of a set of eight, commissioned by the Stop the War Coalition in 2003, in protest against Britain’s involvement in the US-led war in Iraq. Seven of Britain’s leading artists were commissioned to produce posters. The posters were signed and published in a limited edition of 100.
This poster shows the Earth wearing a gasmask, with missiles coming out of the mouthpiece. The left lense of the mask shows the US flag, the lens on the right the British flag. It simply states the involvement of Britain and United States, how the war and the weapons of war have an effect on the world. The image is threatening and sinister, a simple visual and political statement.

Physical description

A poster showing the Earth wearing a gas mask, with missiles coming out of the mouthpiece. The left lens shows the US flag, the right lens the British flag. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

2003 (made)

Artist/maker

Kennard, Peter Lawrence, born 1949 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

"Stop the War Coalition www.stopwar.org.uk Poster number 1 by Peter Kennard 2003"

Dimensions

Height: 59.5 cm, Width: 42 cm

Descriptive line

A poster showing the Earth wearing a gas mask, Peter Kennard, in the Stop the War Coalition set of eight posters, 2003

Labels and date

This is one of eight posters commissioned by the Stop the War Coalition in 2003, in protest against Britain’s involvement in the US-led war in Iraq. Kennard’s photomontage shows planet Earth wearing a gas mask, with missiles projecting from the mouthpiece. The image is a stark warning that war, and the weapons of war, will have a far-reaching destructive effect on the whole world.
[11/09/2017]

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Pacifism; Flags; Gas masks; Missiles

Categories

Prints; Politics; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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