ACHESON GO HOME 1963/64
R B Kitaj (1932 – 2007)
- 73 X 53.5 CM
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From 1963 until the mid 1970s Kitaj made a number of screenprints incorporating photography and text which mixed collaged elements with drawing. This work is one of the earliest prints of that period, and was made with Chris Prater at the Kelpra Studio. Initially, Kitaj was doubtful screenprinting could produce satisfactory results. His early prints were based on prepared collages with the design drawn on a grid for the printer, so he could not only keep control but also ensure the outcome. The original collage for Acheson Go Home is now in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, (www.vam.ac.uk). The collage combined a range of material including a torn sheet of anti-American propaganda, photographs and a fragment of a book dust-jacket. The red stain in the lower part of the work came from a drop of blood on the original college.
Dean Acheson was American Secretary of State 1949-1953