Screenprint on acid-free archival paper with deckled bottom edge
Pencil signed, numbered and dated
35 × 50 inches
88.9 × 127 cm
Edition of 300
Pencil signed and numbered recto
Provenance: Serigrafia, Inc.
Melting Pot Flag (America the Melting Pot) is considered a design masterpiece: it one of the most iconic designs by the legendary artist and designer Massimo Vignelli. This 1989 silkscreen was based upon a 1976 original collage, which, according to the artist's estate, is now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
Though this limited edition, hand signed silkscreen was created decades ago, we need not remind the world that its message: the United States is a wonderful melting pot of diverse cultures -- is more urgent and resonant these days than ever. Indeed, "Melting Pot" is a brilliantly designed work of art, incorporating typesets and torn pages from vintage newspapers in multiple languages, including El Diario, the New York Post, the New York Times, Il Progresso, Novoe Russkoe Slovo, etc. It would look magnificent in any home or office; a great conversation piece and a bold statement of multi-cultural inclusion. The bottom edge is deckled, so it looks magnificent when floated and framed.
The photos do not do justice to the work. This striking, large-scale silkscreen reflects Vignelli's love for his adopted country, the United States, celebrating the diverse views, cultures, languages and beliefs that make up the American social landscape. It is dated 1976/1989, as it was created by Vignelli in 1976 for the US bicentennial and printed later in 1989. It is pencil numbered from the limited edition of 300.