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What is this?

A depiction of the head and shoulders of musician John Lennon on vibrant yellow ground. The left side of image and hair saturated in bright orange-red; the right side of image in deep purple. The features are visible as in a photographic negative with negative areas highlighted in bright white. Superimposed on the face, a pair of round glasses with lenses formed by bright orange, green, and white spirals.

Why is this in our collection?

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 is a poster from United States. It is dated 1967 and we acquired it in 1981. Gift of Various Donors.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 201 as part of How Posters Work.

Its medium is

offset lithograph on white wove paper

Its dimensions are

H x W: 79.2 × 57.3 cm (31 3/16 × 22 9/16 in.) Mat: 71.1 × 91.4 cm (28 × 36 in.)

It is inscribed

Imprinted in green, lower left corner of margin: JOHN LENNON photographed by Richard Avedon for Look magazine; in lower right corner: Copyright c [encircled] 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.

This object was manufactured by Look Magazine and association: NEMS Enterprises, Ltd. and Maximus Enterprises, Ltd. and made for Richard Avedon Posters, Inc. and published by Cowles Education Corporation and designed by Richard Avedon

This object was donated by Various Donors

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Poster, John Lennon, 1967 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=7 July 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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