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William Kent, (Amer.,1919-2012), END YOUR SILENCE, Slate Print, 1965, from the first Ed. of at least 17, total Ed. of 50, 25-1/4 x 20, signed, dated and annotated “mono-print” in black ball point pen, a soft diagonal wrinkle upper right corner, margins wrapped and taped by the artist with silver duct tape around foam core 28 x 22, on golden mustard colored felt measuring 36 x 26, a fine impression of this print by Kent.
One of the artist’s anti-war Gravestone Series. END YOUR SILENCE was the title of an editorial in the New York Times on June 27th, 1965, signed by 579 artists, writers, editors, musicians and theater people protesting American policies and involvement in the Vietnam War. Though Kent was not among those signing, he quickly embraced their stance and promoted their message carving it in stone and producing this print. The death’s head and decorative borders were inspired by similar motifs found on colonial era gravestones Kent observed in the small ancient cemeteries dotting the rural farms surrounding his barn studio in rural Connecticut.