125 posters from the Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection are featured in How Posters Work, which opens at the New York museum on May 7. “A true visual feast,” says director Caroline Baumann, from the “hard-edged designs of Ladislav Sutnar to the ever popular psychedelic posters of the 1960s, which epitomize sensory overload.”
The exhibition also divides the posters into 14 sections like “overwhelm the eye” or “assault the surface” which also manage to serve as a kind of crash course in graphic design. Looking at the posters through this lens helps to understand the choices that the designers made—and what makes them so perennially powerful. [Cooper Hewitt]
Frederick Siebel (American, Austrian, and Czech, 1913–1991). Someone Talked, 1942. Lithograph. Printed by Devoe & Raynolds Painting Company (USA). 101.6 × 71.1 cm (40 × 28 in.). Gift of Louise Clémencon, 1949-108-10. Photo by Matt Flynn.
Hendricus Theodorus Wijdeveld (Dutch, 1885–1987). Internationale Economisch-Historische Tentoonstelling [Exhibition of International Economic History], 1929. Block print, letterpress. 64.6 × 50.4 cm (25 3/8 × 19 3/4 in.). Museum purchase through gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt and Jacob H. Schiff, and through bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane, 2001-7-1.
Michael Bierut (American, b. 1957) for Architectural League of New York (New York, New York, USA). LIGHT/YEARS, 1999. Offset lithograph. 59.7 x 97.8 cm (23 1/2 x 38 1/2 in.). Gift of Michael Bierut, 2007-12-2. Photo by Matt Flynn.
Experimental Jetset (Amsterdam, Netherlands): Erwin Brinkers (Dutch, b. 1973), Marieke Stolk (Dutch, b. 1967), and Danny van den Dungen (Dutch, b. 1971) for Paradiso (Amsterdam, Netherlands). Paradiso 2010, 2010. Diecut, offset lithographs. 59.4 × 42 cm (23 3/8 × 16 9/16 in.). Gift of Experimental Jetset, 2014-40-3, -5/-7. Photo by Matt Flynn.
Paula Scher (American, b. 1948) for the Public Theater (New York, New York, USA). Him, 1994. 116.8 x 76.2 cm (46 x 30 in.). Gift of Paula Scher, 2013-25-1. Photo by Matt Flynn.
Rianne Petter (Dutch, b. 1975) and René Put (Dutch, b. 1962). Poster No. 524: Focal Point, 2012. Cut paper. 1189 x 841 mm (46.5 x 33 in). Courtesy of the designers.
Wiktor Górka (Polish, 1922–2004). Kabaret [Cabaret], 1973. Offset lithograph. 83.7 x 58 cm (32 15/16 x 22 13/16 in.). Gift of Sara and Marc Benda, 2010-21-100. Photo by Matt Flynn.
Saul Bass (American, 1920–1996). Exodus, 1961. Offset lithograph. Printed by National Screen Service Corporation (USA). 104 x 68.5 cm (40 15/16 x 26 15/16 in.). Gift of Sara and Marc Benda, 2010-21-16. Photo by Matt Flynn.
Lucian Bernhard (German, 1883–1972) for Adler (Germany). Adler Typewriter, 1909–10. Lithograph. Printed by Hollerbaum & Schmidt (Berlin, Germany). 34.5 x 47 cm (13 9/16 x 18 1/2 in.). Gift of the Eric Kellenberger Collection, Switzerland, and museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment, 2005-12-2. Photo by Matt Flynn.
Victor Moscoso (Spanish and American, b. 1936). Junior Wells, 1966. Offset lithograph. 50.3 x 36 cm (19 13/16 x 14 3/16 in.). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie J. Schreyer, 1979-34-37. Photo by Matt Flynn.
Ladislav Sutnar (American and Czech, 1897–1976) for A. B. Addo (Malmö, Sweden). Addo-x, 1958. Offset lithograph. 96.8 x 61.3 cm (38 1/8 x 24 1/8 in.). Gift of Anonymous Donor, 1994-109-7. Photo by Matt Flynn.
Waldemar Swierzy (Polish, 1931–2013). Nocny Kowboj [Midnight Cowboy], 1973. Offset lithograph. 82.3 x 58.5 cm (32 3/8 x 23 1/16 in.). Gift of Sara and Marc Benda, 2010-21-103. Photo by Matt Flynn.
Art Chantry (American, b. 1954). Ready for War, 1982. Screenprint. 60.9 × 45.5 cm (24 × 17 15/16 in.). Gift of Steven Heller and Karrie Jacobs, 1993-53-27. Photo by Matt Flynn.
Mark Gowing (Australian, b. 1970) for Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (Paddington, Australia). Jonathan Jones: untitled (the tyranny of distance), 2008. Screenprint. 84 × 51.6 cm (33 1/16 × 20 5/16 in.). Collection Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Gift of Mark Gowing, 2014-32-2. Photo: Matt Flynn
Felix Pfäffli (Swiss, b. 1986) for Weltformat Poster Festival (Lucerne, Switzerland). Weltformat 13, 2013. Lithograph. 128 × 89.5 cm (50 3/8 × 35 1/4 in.). Gift of Felix Pfäffli, 2014-30-2. Photo by Matt Flynn.
Experimental Jetset (Amsterdam, Netherlands): Erwin Brinkers (Dutch, b. 1973), Marieke Stolk (Dutch, b. 1967), and Danny van den Dungen (Dutch, b. 1971); For NAiM / Bureau Europa (Maastricht, Netherlands); Out of Fashion, 2011; Screenprint; Collection Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Gift of Experimental Jetset, 2014-40-4. Photo: Matt Flynn
Jacques Delisle (Canadian, b. 1941) for Cinépix Film Properties, Inc. (CFP) (Montreal, Canada). L’Initiation, 1970. Offset lithograph. 101.6 x 68.6 cm (40 x 27 in.). Gift of Sara and Marc Benda, 2010-21-97. Photo by Matt Flynn.
British author and illustrator Joyce Dennys (1893–1991)
Pictures by Joyce Dennys, verses by “Evoe” (E. V. Knox) (The Bodley Head, 1926) From the collection of Alfonso Melendez.
post first appeared on January 27, 2015 on 50 Watts
Illustrations by Branka Jurcová (Brno, 1968)
I haven’t featured Květa Pacovská in four years though I’ve been steadily amassing her books. Here’s a fun one from 1968. See all posts of her illustrations here.
Květa Pacovská was born in 1928 in Prague, where she still lives and works. She began her career as an illustrator in the fifties, specializing in object books, three-dimensional tactile works and illustrations of children’s stories. A sense of playfulness is an essential characteristic of her work. Her works include bizarre collages, mirrors and superimpositions of different kinds of paper, cut-outs capable of generating ever new characters and stories, as in the miniature theatre of Midnight Play. Her illustrations are immediately recognizable for the use of bold, saturated colors without nuances, a dense style and almost childlike use of lines. Her passion for geometric and abstract shapes is often based on the use of linguistic signs, as in Alphabet in which letters and numbers merge with her creatures. One of her latest works is Unfold/Enfold, an elegant fold-out object book that features unexpected pop-up pages and explosions of colour. [Bologna Book Fair bio]
Please visit the archives for Czech books illustrated by Hoffmeister, Pacovska, Serych, Stepan, Bednarova, and friends.
This post first appeared on May 20, 2014 on 50 Watts
La Grande Illusion, c.1946
signed: Bernard Lancy
These reproductions are from expired auction listings at ha.com. The dates range from 1927 to 1981 with many posters from the 1940s.
artist: Jacques Fourastie
The Lodger, 1944
artist: Roger Jacquier Rojac
The Killers, 1964
artist: Guy Gérard Noël
Beauty and the Beast, 1946
artist: Jean-Denis Malclès
Eyes Without a Face, 1960
artist: Jean Mascii
Eyes Without a Face, 1960
artist: Jean Mascii
Earth Versus the Flying Saucers, 1956 artist: Georges Kerfyser
artist: A. Poucel
Wages of Fear, 1953
artist: Rene Ferracci
The Maltese Falcon, 1941
The Big Sleep, 1946
artist: Vincent Cristellys
artist: Pierre Pigeot
artist: Pierre Segogne
Scarlett Empress, 1934
artist: Roger Vacher
The Birds, 1963
artist: Boris Grinsson
The Stranger, 1945
artist: Clement Hurel
The Mysterious Rider, 1927
The Mysterious Island, 1929
Bird of Paradise, 1932
artist: Bernard Lancy
The Big Clock, 1948
artist: Boris Grisson
Miracle in Milan, 1951
artist: Boris Grinsson
Six in Paris, 1965