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Poster, John Lennon, 1967

This is a Poster. It was designed by Richard Avedon and published by Cowles Education Corporation and association: Maximus Enterprises, Ltd. and NEMS Enterprises, Ltd. and printed by Waterlow & Sons, Ltd. and made for Look Magazine and Richard Avedon Posters, Inc.. It is dated 1967 and we acquired it in 1981. Its medium is offset lithograph on white wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This poster suggests an altered state of mind by filling John Lennon’s glasses with a swirling optical illusion. The photograph has been converted to a high-contrast image, a technique sometimes called "posterization."

This object was donated by Various Donors. It is credited Gift of Various Donors.

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Its dimensions are

79.2 × 57.3 cm (31 3/16 × 22 9/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in green, lower left corner, margin: JOHN LENNON photographed by Richard Avedon for Look Magazine; lower right corner, margin: Copyright © 1967 by NEMS Enterprises, Ltd. All rights reserved. Published and distributed by Cowles Education Corporation, 488 Madison / Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10022, in cooperation with Richard Avedon Posters, Inc. exclusively under license from Maximus Enterprises, Ltd.

Cite this object as

Poster, John Lennon, 1967; Designed by Richard Avedon (American, 1923–2004); USA; offset lithograph on white wove paper; 79.2 × 57.3 cm (31 3/16 × 22 9/16 in.); Gift of Various Donors; 1981-29-511

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions How Posters Work and Ephemeral Images: Recent American Posters.

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