Exorcism of the Pentagon.
Original poster designed by Peter Legeria announcing “A Ritual. Pentagon. Exorcism. October 21. Washington” (1967). Illustrated with a mandala design featuring a skull and crossbones in the centre, and concentric rings with images of mushroom clouds, a Native American, Uncle Sam and Allen Ginsberg. Printed in purple and blue. 61x61cm. Late editions of the San Francisco Oracle #10 featured the image on its back page.
A dramatic poster celebrating the Pentagon march, a seminal moment of the sixties counterculture that brought the anti-war demonstrators and Yippies, Hippies and Diggers together and helped rejuvenate the peace movement. Though it failed to make the Pentagon rise above the ground, “the authority of the Pentagon” was, in the words of Allen Ginsberg, “demystified”, while Ed Sanders sometimes claims it was in fact elevated “but we neglected to rotate it, so the war continued.”
Light overall creasing; edges slightly nicked, with short tears; light foxing and discoloured patch to verso; o/w Very Good.