News-Antique.com - Jul 09,2012 - BOSTON, MA - International Poster Gallery (IPG) proudly presents Postermania!: Handpicked Summer Favorites, a show and sale of original vintage posters chosen by the gallery’s knowledgeable staff. The term “Postermania” was originally coined during the Belle Epoque and refers to the poster fever that swept Paris during the 1890s. Fittingly, the gallery’s 19th annual summer exhibition features a diverse selection of posters by subject, genre and period, each selected by IPG staff members to reflect their individual tastes. Included are works by renowned poster artists like Edward Penfield and Roger Broders alongside lesser known, but remarkable staff favorites. Postermania! opens July 11 and runs through September 3, 2012 at International Poster Gallery, 205 Newbury Street in Boston. The gallery is open daily from 10am – 6pm and Sunday from noon – 6pm. For additional information, please visit www.InternationalPoster.com or call 617-375-0076.
The centerpiece of the summer exhibition is Arnold Skolnick’s celebrated 1969 poster for the Woodstock Music Festival, "3 Days of Peace & Music". A true rock and roll icon, the poster played an essential role in the success of the largest rock concert of the ‘60s, an event that was as famous for its freedom from violence as it was for its remarkable music lineup. It perfectly expressed in one symbol – a dove perched on the neck of a guitar – the spirit of Woodstock and devotees. Despite its need for lengthy text (which contains a treasure trove of information on the festival), the poster was as graphically succinct as any by Cappiello. “When asked to choose my favorite summer poster, Woodstock was the first thing that came to mind,” comments gallery manager Norah Guignon. “The poster itself is beautiful, but I really developed an appreciation for the design after meeting the artist when he gave a talk at the gallery in 2009 to celebrate Woodstock’s 40th anniversary.” In addition to this original Woodstock poster, IPG also offers an exclusive 40th anniversary Woodstock poster designed by Arnold Skolnick, printed in a limited edition and signed by the artist.
Other Postermania! favorites include Walter Cyliax’s joyful poster for a flower festival in Zurich. Blumenfest is an explosion of shapes and high-contrast colors, rendering an array of beautiful blossoms with deft Modernist sensibility. IPG owner Jim Lapides comments, “Cyliax was enormously versatile and strongly believed, like his Bauhaus contemporaries, that clarity was the most important principle of design. He's a bit of an unsung hero in the medium - we haven’t had the chance to feature this poster yet in an exhibition - but he’s most definitely a favorite of mine.”
When pressed to choose her favorite poster for the summer exhibition, Taylor Poulin was quick to select Edward Penfield’s Join the United States School Garden Army – Enlist Now. “There’s so much going on in this deceptively simple design, both on the surface and behind the scenes,” she comments. “There’s the period gardening equipment and attire, which bring naïve charm and quiet purpose to the design, but the poster