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Paul Bacon

  • Getting it All Together / McGovern
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    Paul Bacon

    Getting it All Together / McGovern


    Year: 1972.

    Size: 25 x 38 in inches

    In the 1960s and '70s, designer Paul Bacon teamed up with photographer Paul Weller and Alix Nelson to create a dozen or so posters dealing with environmental themes. This political poster made for George McGovern's unsuccessful presidential run against Republican candidate Richard Nixon was not a commission, but something that the three wanted to do, and they published it privately to help the campaign. The image is a fabric construction showing the American flag in the process of being assembled out of canvas-strips of red and white, a blue rectangle and white stars. The ornate script in the center instantaneously evokes the U. S. Constitution while it reinforces McGovern's image as a post-Vietnam healer. After starting his career designing jazz album covers, Bacon has gone on to become one of the most widely recognized book-jacket designers in the country.

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