Don Freeman
American, 1908-1978

Plights of Stardom,
Lithograph with color block, edition of 75

Museum Purchase

Freeman was a kind of journalist of printmaking, with a Whitmanesque sympathy for the American scene and a touch of undeceived kindly satire. His movie-star literally struggles in the anxious nets of the image-making process, much as Virtue herself struggles against opposing forces in Andreani's Allegory. Is power a question of controlling one's own image, be it in an allegorical print or in the newer reproductive medium of the cinema? Prints were sources of power-making just like the current cinema. Do we gain true power through aquiescence to a medium?

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