HKL Ltd., 1968. Silk screen print on paper. Seven foundational values—Freedom, Equality, Righteousness, Tranquility, Independence, Brotherhood, and Civil Rights—are each printed four times in pink, blue, black, and gold. Half appear over a white background and half over neon yellow. Produced immediately after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., whose name and dates appear at the foot, the print parlays color and race, typography and statement, text and ideals, into a work that balances grief at the loss of King and belief in the movement he headed. Gee’s signature precision and experimentation with color is here on display; text printed in the same colors appear as different hues when backed in yellow versus white. The persistence of both color and text through alternate backgrounds suggests a similar resoluteness of truth and justice through varying perceptions.
Peter Gee was a white, British artist deeply involved in the pop art movement of the 1960s, in which his bold color combinations thrived alongside the likes of Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, and others of the mid-century Manhattan art scene. From the Vera List collection of posters. Fine. Framed. (21 by 32 in.). Item #30416