Aspen Wall Poster #2

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Aspen Wall Poster #2

10,000.00

Vintage, April 1970

Print 22" x 15 

Graphics by Thomas W. Benton

Text by Hunter S. Thompson

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Thomas W. Benton and Hunter S. Thompson created the first Aspen Wall Poster in March 1970 as the official print organ of thew Aspen Liberation Front. Wall Poster #1 proclaimed, “Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum. We intend to fill that vacuum. We also intend to make some people wish that wolves had stolen them from their cradles. The only criteria for art and editorial content will be quality. Any nazi greedhead with the money to hire a good ghostwriter is welcome to submit his screed for publication. Dull and/or illiterate bullshit will be rejected out of hand. Our space is limited and we have no rewrite staff to cope with gibberish or garbled swill. We’ll make every effort, however, to publish any relevant, coherent and even outrageous counterpoint to our own clearly biased opinions.”

Featuring Benton’s art on one side of the twenty-two-by-fifteen-inch sheet and Thompson’s political rants on the reverse, the posters were distributed around Aspen to promote their Freak Power movement. The Wallposters became a local and national phenomenon after advertising for them appeared in Rolling Stone and Scanlan’s magazines. Production stopped shortly after Thompson’s loss in the 1970 Pitkin County sheriff’s race.

Embodying the ideals and beliefs of Thompson and Benton and other activists during this turbulent time, the posters capture a fascinating collaboration and an artistic experiment at pivotal points in these two men’s careers. They illustrate the development of Thompson’s Gonzo writing style and Benton’s artistic ability, yet remain their rarest and most relatively unknown works.