[Madison, Wisconsin]: 1967. First Edition. Diptych comprised of two original silkscreen posters, each approximately 60x44cm, printed in red or black on card stock. Faint finger soil and marginal wear else Near Fine. Each signed and dated in pencil, lower right.
William Weege was an integral figure in the golden age of printmaking in Madison, Wisconsin, where he first began learning the techniques of both commercial and artistic printmaking as an undergraduate. While working part-time as a film stripper for the local Litho Publications, Weege was also producing protest posters which he put up around campus, though "Students and others in the community found the posters so appealing that they were removed as fast as they were put up" (Colescott, p. 114), leading Weege to discover that he could make money from his artistic output. Both images here would be issued in Weege's "Peace Is Patriotic" portfolio (also 1967), though these impressions appear to have been made independently as they are on different paper and have slightly different dimensions. These are likely proofs, pulled while the portfolio was in production (but not so identified). Each signed and dated "67" in pencil at bottom of image. (See Warrington Colescott, "Progressive Printmakers" (1999), pp. 113-115.).