Poster, John Lennon, 1967
Offset lithograph on white wove paper. Gift of Various Donors. 1981-29-511
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."