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Nuclear War?! There Goes My Career!

ID Number: 28626
Maker: Mark Vallen; Art for a Change; Shock Battalion
Technique: silkscreen
Date Made: 1982
Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 41.7 cm x 37.7 cm; 16 7/16 in x 14 13/16 in
Main Subject: Anti-Nuclear (Peace)
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Nuclear War?! ...There Goes My Career! [artist's signature] Vallen 82

Acquisition Number: 2007-297

Artist's statement: In 1980 I created this image which ran as a front cover for the L.A. WEEKLY. It was a time when people were seriously wondering if Nuclear War would soon break out. The artwork struck a cord with people and proved to be incredibly popular. It was reprinted by unscrupulous businesses without my permission and spread across the entire county in the form of posters and t-shirts. Enormous profits were generated from the illicit sale of my image but I never made a single penny. Oddly enough, the L.A. WEEKLY itself paid me only $20.00 for running my illustration as their front cover... and then attempted to sue me over ownership of the Art, claiming that they "owned" the image since it was published as a cover for their paper. Am I bitter? Maybe just a little... but I derive great satisfaction in knowing that my Art helped to expand and deepen the Anti-War movement, and that the image is now a part of history.

Production Notes: 2007-297

Copyright Status:
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