Avram Finkelstein and Vincent Gagliostro, “Enjoy AZT,” 1990, silkscreen print, 20″ x 23″. Available signed or unsigned.
Artists Finkelstein and Gagliostro were early members of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) and its media arm, Gran Fury. Gagliostro has since worked for the magazines xxxFruit and QW, and exhibited multimedia installations across the US and Europe. Finkelstein has created public awareness campaigns for a number of AIDS organizations, and led public art workshops at NYU, the New York Public Library, and elsewhere.
This poster parodies the popular branding of Coca-Cola, replacing the soft drink’s name with that of AZT, the controversial HIV medication first marketed in 1987.
The U.S. government has spent one billion dollars over the past 10 years to research new AIDS drugs. The result: 1 drug—AZT. It makes half the people who try it sick and for the other half it stops working after a year. Is AZT the last, best hope for people with AIDS, or is it a short-cut to the killing Burroughs Wellcome is making in the AIDS marketplace? Scores of drugs languish in government pipelines, while fortunes are made on this monopoly.
IS THIS HEALTH CARE OR WEALTH CARE?