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“The Great Seal (After El Lissitsky)”


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An inconvenient montage of imperial symbols. The decapitated double-headed eagle—a repudiation of czarist rule—is from El Lissitsky’s 1923 design of Vladimir Mayakovsky’s book of poetry “Dlia golosa” (“For the Voice”). The other eagle is from the American one dollar bill. The fact that our democracy represents itself with the same symbolism as royalists and fascists should give every American pause.


• Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
• San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
• Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
• Letterform Archive, San Francisco
• Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), Los Angeles


• “BlackDogma: Selections from the Work of Mark Fox in the Permanent Collection of Architecture + Design” (1999)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

• “24 Reasons to Leave L.A.” (1998)
Doyle/Logan Gallery, Los Angeles

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EDITION: 45 signed and numbered; 1 artist’s proof

DIMENSIONS: 20 x 25.5 inches
MEDIA: Screen printed in black and warm red enamel inks on Simpson Starwhite Vicksburg

PRINTING: Kevin Giffen at Wranch Studios / Glendale
DESIGN: © 1998 Mark Fox, BlackDog / SF

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