The Truth...AIDS Is Germ Warfare Against Gays & Blacks! William H. Depperman.

The Truth...AIDS Is Germ Warfare Against Gays & Blacks!

New York: United Front Against Racism and Capitalism-Imperialism, [c. 1986]. First edition. Broadsheet tabloid, [4] pp. offset printed on newsprint.

A rare survivor from one of the most prolific and sustained graffiti agit-prop projects in NYC history. The phrase "AIDS is Germ Warfare" and related broadsides and posters would have been familiar to anyone in NYC in the early to mid 1980's, when they were surreptitiously posted at night all over the city. By July 0f 1986 they had become so ubiquitous that Mayor Koch saw one while being driven in his car uptown, and was so offended that he requested that the Sanitation department try to suppress them. This inquiry led to the involvement of the police major case squad, who infiltrated Depperman's project by having undercover cops call a phone number on one of Depperman's posters with an offer to help the cause, go to his apartment, and subsequently arresting him after they went out to paste up posters with him.

Luc Sante featured Depperman in his prescient November 1986 article in Spy Magazine on Information Warfare. "Depperman qualifies as a graffitist, by municipal and tabloid reckoning, for having posted his information in public spaces, but Madison Avenue graffitists asserting the social superiority of a particular brand of knitwear post their scrawls unmolested in the very same bus shelters. The message is clear: Depperman failed to see the profit motive."

Light expected toning, with two old fold lines, else a remarkably well-preserved example. Item #28265

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