A fragmented dancer leaping through vibrantly-toned colorblock rectangles announces an exhibition of original dance posters at New York's Lincoln Center. Matus was gallery exhibition designer at the time and the exhibition promoted a new book with the same title.
For the summer running of the 10th Maccabiah Games -- Israel's Olympics -- Reisinger creates another dynamic image: a stylized red running figure superimposed on the country's symbolic Star of David in blue. Reisinger once again employs the use of elongated triangular elements, this time to the end of evoking the speed and excitement of the athletic competition.
Dan Reisinger is Israel's top graphic artist. He established his own design studio in Tel Aviv in 1961 and began a prolific career as a poster artist and painter. In step with his country's dynamic development, Reisinger's design activities have expanded to include corporate entities, packaging, sign systems, supergraphics, exhibition and environmental design.
Elson's photograph of the Shubert Theater at night captures all the glitter of The Great White Way -- a perfect visual equivalent for the quintessential theatrical piece about the the gypsies who make up the heart and soul of New York's fabled musical stage. The poster doubtless contributed to the musical's then record-breaking Broadway run: 6,137 performances between October 1975 and April 1990.
In the English-village mysteries popularized by Agatha Christie everyone is so cozy and the roses bloom so prettily that one almost neglects to notice the specter of mayhem. Alcorn announces a Mystery! series of these murderous romances and criminal comedies with the image of a sweet young thing in a frame resembling fine Haviland china.
For this Mystery! presentation about a pair of well-mannered murders, Vethers emphasizes their elegance, social stature and mutual attraction. A native of Vienna, Vethers worked extensively in Europe as a packaging designer and creative director before moving to New York in 1980. The city-wide exposure of this Mobil commission established his reputation as a major illustrator.
Keiser's 20-odd posters for an annual Hamburg festival devoted to American folk blues always work a compelling variation of a well-worn acoustic guitar. Here, the instrument seems to be playing itself with the equally well-worn hands of a black woman. Names of featured acts are superimposed on the guitar image in type like so many familiar scratches.
The precocious Buffet had made his name as a leading French figurative painter by his early 20s. His landscapes and portraits -- marked by sad greys, spiky forms and obtrusively angular signature -- are icons of the 1950s and 60s. Widely exhibited, his paintings are in the permanent collections of London's Tate Gallery and the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris. This foray into graphic art was occasioned by the appearance of Buffet's wife Annabel, a popular French singer, at the Olympia music hall. The poster was printed by noted Parisian lithographer Mourlot.
Astarte was a perfect '60s performance piece. A psychedelic multi-media ballet set to rock music, it is the only ballet work to ever appear on the cover of Time. A male dancer coming out of the audience strips out of a grey flannel suit for an erotic go at goddess of love Astarte. The steamy pas de deux sold out every seat for every performance. Migdoll has created approximately fifty posters for the Joffrey. Here, a pattern of colored dots superimposed on the two dancers gives the image special scintillation.
One of an acclaimed series aimed at printing plants to promote the use of Union Camp's Williamsburg Offset paper. The executional concept dreamed up by Henderson & Roll Advertising was to enhance the image of this utility-grade sheet by linking it with larger-than-life personalities including The Bambino and Teddy Roosevelt. The designer/illustrator was born in New York City and graduated from the Cooper Union Art School. An original member of Push Pin Studio -- the city's seminal post-war graphic arts collaborative -- he went on to do a great deal of work in Italy: book and magazine design, along with film titles for Federico Fellini. Combining, in Seymour Chwast's word's, "the innocence of folk art with the sophistication of Art Nouveau," his much-awarded work has been exhibited at the Louvre and the Venice Biennale.