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Thomas W. Benton: Artist/Activist


Thomas W. Benton: Artist/Activist chronicles the life and political activism of artist Thomas W. Benton with 150 images of his artwork. Benton’s silkscreen posters cataloged political movements and elections from 1968 to 2006 and are a powerful visual account of the issues and campaigns that shaped history. In addition to numerous candidates and issues in Aspen, Colorado, Benton created political posters for presidential candidates George McGovern and Gary Hart, and against President Nixon. The book includes never-before-published images of the Aspen Wallposters, a collaboration of Benton’s art and Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s writing, which promoted their Freak Power movement. Benton’s later works, including abstract silkscreens, monotypes, and paintings, are also explored in relation to the artist’s life and philosophies. The book also includes Benton’s commercial work in Aspen as a sign-/printmaker, his architectural projects in Colorado, and ten poems by close friend and lyricist Joe Henry.