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Carol Summers, “Kill for peace,” Silkscreen, perforations


Carol Summers

American (Kingston, N.Y., 1925)

“Kill for Peace”

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1982.001.026

 Carol Summers installation photo

Carol Summers is an impresario of luminous large scale color woodcuts. You couldn’t know that by seeing the disturbing image he contributed to Artists & Writers Protest, “Kill for Peace,” titled after a popular song of the time by the Fugs. This image of a Vietnamese mother and her children was widely published in anti-war posters and publications. Summers appropriated the image and added the red X and perforations that look like automatic rifle spray.


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