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Uncovered: new rare posters


by Amy

It’s not every day we rediscover rare prints of collector’s value in our dusty archives, but recently we came across a treasure trove of forgotten gems, rich in history.

This range of rare and collectible posters shines a light on original artworks from seminal artists of the twentieth century. Many of these prints have been sourced from low production runs for special events or projects. The collection also includes hand printed silkscreen publications which enhances their quality and value. With our ever-growing range of Rare and Limited artwork, discover the stories behind some of these unique prints.

1. White and Greens in Blue, Mark Rothko

Think you know Rothko? Well, have you come across White and Greens in Blue? Printed  for the New York Rockefeller Collection, this poster is of distinct Rothko style with the striped colour fields that contrast and harmonise in conflicting perspectives. The original 1957 eight-foot-tall canvas has been reproduced as a 125x95cm print.

2. Hands on Lips, Man Ray

Hands on Lips is an intriguing photograph of the actress, model and war correspondent Lee Miller. Man Ray was drawn to Miller who became him muse – photographing her body in abstract ways to reveal different stories. Indeed, lips and their provocative symbolism appear as a recurring motif in Man Ray’s work like his famous surrealist painting, The Lips.

3. Moratorium, Jasper Johns

Commissioned in 1969 by the Leo Castelli Gallery, Johns’ poster was designed to rally interest in the first Moratorium Day, an organised protest against the Vietnam War. Protest art is always a sure-fire way to revolutionise a space and Moratorium’s political subversion of the American flag is regarded as one of the most powerful pieces of anti-war art.

4. L'Acrobat, 1930, Pablo Picasso

L’Acrobat is a fine example of Picasso’s neoclassicist period (1920-1930) which overlaps with his surrealist style. Picasso plays with the human form, creating a figure that appears as flexible and free as much as it is confined to the frame of the paper. This is a silkscreen print of the original 1930 oil painting measuring 123 × 100 cm and printed on fine art paper.

5. Pochoir, 1934, Joan Miro

Originally designed for Cahiers d'Art in 1934 and later published by Editions du Desastre in France (1990), this is a truly rare find because there is only one other colour print that exists from Miro's surrealist collection. Miro favoured the pochoir method during his creative period of mixing human and animal forms. This is a stencilling technique whereby colour is applied straight to the paper by hand.

6. Polynésie, La Mer, 1946, Henri Matisse

A testament to his work in later life, Polynésie, La Mer was created by Matisse in 1946 using a combination of gouache (a thick water-based paint) and paper cuttings. The original large scale paper shapes were pinned to the walls of Matisse's studio-residence, surrounding him with colourful motifs which he would constantly rearrange to his liking.

7. L’Asie, Henri Matisse

Printed in the USA for the Matisse and Picasso exhibition in 2003 at the Museum of Modern Art in Queens, L’Asie (Asia), was painted towards the end of Matisse’s long career. This was the first exhibition dedicated to the lasting dialogue between these two prolific artists of the twentieth century. This print may also be seen as a culmination of Matisse’s obsession for painting the female figure in rich, exotic costumes and settings.


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