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The word 'AIDS' in the colours of the West German flag, advertising the Arbeitsgemeinschaft deutscher AIDS-Stiftungen. Colour lithograph by General Idea, ca. 1989 (?).

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Date
[1989?]
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673133i
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Berlin : Arbeitsgemeinschaft deutscher AIDS-Stiftungen, [1989?]

Physical description

1 print : lithograph, printed in colours ; sheet 59.4 x 41.8 cm

Lettering

AIDS. Arbeitsgemeinschaft deutscher AIDS-Stiftungen. © General Idea.

Creator/production credits

In or around 1986 the Canadian group General Idea (A.A. Bronson, Felix Partz, and Jorge Zontal) moved to New York City and created a symbol using the acronym AIDS, arranging the letters in a manner that resembled Robert Indiana's LOVE logo. In 1987 the group launched Imagevirus, a project of paintings, sculptures, videos, posters, and exhibitions based on the image of the word AIDS. The Imagevirus spread like a virus, producing an image epidemic in urban spaces from Manhattan to Sydney. It was displayed as, among other things, a Spectacolor sign in Times Square, a sculpture on a street in Hamburg, and a poster in the New York subway system--Bordowitz, op. cit.

References note

Gregg Bordowitz, General idea: Imagevirus, London: Afterall Books, 2010, fig. 20 (similar design for same Arbeitsgemeinschaft, 1989)

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 673128i

Copyright note

General Idea Arbeitsgemeinschaft deutscher AIDS-Stiftungen General Idea © General Idea 1994 Arbeitsgemeinschaft deutscher AIDS-Stiftungen Germany 13/01/2009 UkLW Transcription from the item

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