Stop them: They can't stop themselves

Accession Number ARTV03007
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 57.2 x 44.6 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description linecut and halftone photoengraving on paper
Maker Sorel, Edward
Place made United States of America
Date made 1971
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright


Caricatures of US President Richard Nixon and Hubert Horatio Humphrey in Napoleonic uniform with Henry Kissinger standing behind them as they place bomb shaped markers on a map, moving the Vietnam War towards China. The accompanying text advertises marches in Washington and San Francisco in April 1971. The poster was issued by the National Peace Action Coalition, Washington, United States. Hubert Horatio Humphrey (1911-1978) was elected to the US senate in 1960. In 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson chose Humphrey as his running mate on the Democratic national ticket and won. Humphrey was opposed by many critics of the Vietnam War . He was narrowly defeated by the Republican candidate, Richard Nixon. The artist, Edward Sorel, was born in New York City in 1929. After studying at the Cooper Union School of Art, he joined with two other students to form the Push Pin Studios. This venture was very successful and had a major influence on graphic design in the United States during the 1950s. Sorel left the Push Pin Studios in 1958 to concentrate on his own work, producing commercial designs and children's book illustrations. He is , however, best known as a political satirist. His spoofs of public figures appeared in left-wing periodicals and then in mainstream magazines such as 'The Atlantic Monthly', 'Harpers', 'Esquire', 'The New Yorker' and 'Time' magazine. Sorel has noted of his own work; 'I evolved largely because of Vietnam, which made us all very, very angry. I wanted to express my opinions and couldn't do that in the sweet, decorative style that I had been working in'.