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LARRY POONS, Silkscreen from "Conspiracy, The Artist as Witness", 1971

1.00 LBS
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Larry Poons (American, b. 1937)
Signed lower right; numbered lower left in pencil; stamped with copyright stamp on the reverse
Edition 23/150
Center for Constitutional Rights, pub.; Chiron Press, New York, printer
This screenprint was created by Larry Poons for the legendary portfolioConspiracy: The Artist as Witness. The portfolio was published by the Center for Constitutional Rights to raise money for the legal defense of the Chicago 7, a group of Yippies, radicals and anti-Vietnam War activists indicted by President Nixon's Attorney General John Mitchell for conspiring to riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The eight demonstrators included Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, Lee Weiner, and Bobby Seale. (Seale was later severed from the case, hence the "Chicago 7.") Although Hoffman later pointed out that the now-famous radicals couldn't even agree on lunch, the jury convicted them of conspiracy with one juror declaring the defendants "should be convicted for their appearance, their language and their lifestyle." All of the convictions were ultimately overturned by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

The Conspiracy: the Artist as Witness, portfolio featured works by Jack Beal, Romare Bearden, Leon Golub, Nancy Spero, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Claes Oldenburg, Larry Poons, Bridget Riley, Peter Saul, Raphael Soyer, and Frank Stella. It was housed in an elegant cloth case, accompanied by a colophon page and excerpts of the defendants' and their attorneys' testimony from the trial. This print comes from the full portfolio numbered 23/150 with original colophon page and linen box.
Provenance: Portfolio: "Conspiracy: The Artist as Witness:", 1971, Center for Constitutional Rights

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