When an artist’s career spans many decades, art movements and locations around the globe, it can be disorienting to follow the wave of changes or evolutions swimming through time. One of the greatest features of the art poster world is the trail of exhibition posters, serving to contextualize a body of work in a geographic place, a time and even sometimes a cultural institution of significant note. When important museums organize a selection of work by a particular artist, their show posters represent a pinpoint marking the atmosphere of the art world at that moment, and further echoing the larger cultural motions of the world in general. These posters reflect a certain historical archive, part of a story told through curated selection, date, city, typography, color choices and more. More than just a print of a great artist’s work, they hold the flavor of whatever magic was circulating at the time, often the very same essences working to inspire the art in the first place.
Frank Stella – Prints 1967-1982, offset lithograph 1982
Chuck Close – Large Phil Fingerprint, offset lithograph 1981 Roy Lichtenstein – Guggenheim Museum, silkscreen 1969
Christo – The Gates Project for Central Park New York Collage, SIGNED offset lithograph 2001
Henri Matisse – The Sculpture of Matisse, Mourlot stone lithograph 1953 Marc Chagall – The Yellow Background, Mourlot stone lithograph 1969
Andy Warhol – Marilyn Monroe, First printing exhibition silkscreen 1983 Joan Miró – Constellations, Mourlot stone lithograph 1959
James Rosenquist – A Small Planet Being Covered by Large Mirrors, offset lithograph 1972
Max Ernst – Alphons Chave Vence, Mourlot stone lithograph 1966 Jim Dine – Saw, offset lithograph 1971