SMILE WHEN YOU GO UNDER

William KENT
Date
1966
Description

William Kent, Amer., (1919-2012),Smile When You Go Under, Slate Print in Color, 1966, Ed. of 30 or more, 52-3/4 x 38-1/8, printed in vibrant pink and blue, signed, dated 1966 in black ball point pen, some staining to the upper right margin on cream satin acetate fabric measuring 58-3/4 x 45-1/4. Apropriating the design of a greeting card, This print features the early 20th century advertising icon Buster Brown and his dog Tige. The nattily attired Brown's smug wink below the hollow "Thanks to All of You" sentiment above oozes with caustic derision when coupled with the print's dismissive Title. Created in 1966, this large and attention grabbing Pop image is still provocative in 2020.

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