Our 15th Annual Holiday Poster Show
November 15, 2008 through January 19, 2009
The holiday season is upon us once again and we celebrate it with a fun-filled and spectacular exhibition at our Newbury Street gallery. We feature a broad selection of winter sport, leisure, fashion, arts and travel posters... Join the festivities and enjoy some highlights below!
Ernest Haskell, Truth Magazine - XMAS '96, 1896
This poster for a New York magazine is thought to be the first ski poster ever created. It shows an early technique for turning, where a single pole was used to brake to a stop. Certainly a moment of truth!
Haskell was born in Woodstock, Connecticut and trained in Paris, where he became a highly skilled draughtsman. His style here shares the joie de vivre of French illustrated magazines of the period. It is rare and one of the most reproduced American literary posters of the period.
Julius Gipkens, Kupferberg Gold, c. 1910
Light - Dry - Elegant, the subtext of this advertisement for a brand of champagne is right on the mark. One of the best talents at the famed Berlin printing house of Hollerbaum and Schmidt, Julius Gipkens was a leading Object Poster stylist. Self-taught, his personal style featured a warmer palette and softer lines than his contemporaries. The result is sheer elegance.
Willi Trapp, Davos Weltmeisterschaft, 1935
We are hard pressed to think of a better hockey poster than this one by Willi Trapp. This highly sought after design for the World Championship of 1935 captures the beauty and grace of the sport like no other.
Held in Davos, the championship pitted 15 teams in intense competition. Canada was victorious, winning its second championship in a row (The U.S. won in 1933 and was runner-up in 1934, but did not compete in 1935).
Charles Loupot (d'apres), Fourrures Canton, 1949
It is easy to see why Loupot, along with Cassandre, is regarded as one of the greatest Art Deco poster artists. The fur coat in Fourrures Canton seems so soft that it is hard to resist the temptation to reach out and touch it. By simplifying and elongating the figure, the artist enhances its sleek elegance and exoticism.
This design was so well received that it was printed three separate times - first in 1924 with a black background, and then in the late '30s with a blue background. This third version was made in 1949 with only the color of the pompoms changed from red to purple.
Leopoldo Metlicovitz, E & A Mele, 1907
A delinquent student retraces the name of the Neapolitan retailer Mele for his misdeeds, providing a delightful premise for advertising children's latest fashions ("novita, novita, novita").
Mele turned to leading Italian printer Ricordi to create nearly 200 first class posters from 1899 to 1914 for its pioneering department store. Imbued with rich Italian color and sure handed draughtsmanship, Metlicovitz' work (like Firmin Bouisset's Chocolat Menier) is surely a children's classic.
Armin Hofmann, Giselle, 1959
Armin Hofmann's series for the Municipal Theater in Basel is one of the finest expressions of the International Typographic Style. Hofmann contributed to the birth of this genre, which became the predominant style in the world in the '70s.
His poster for Giselle is a sublime juxtaposition of ephemeral photographic imagery with hard-edged, geometric and immovable typography. So carefully balanced is the composition that it seems the dot on the letter 'i' holds it all together. Perfection.