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1960

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1997

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Poster, 1960/61 Stadttheater Basel [Poster for the 1960-61 Season of the City Theater, Basel], 1960

This is a Poster. It was collected by Dan Friedman. It is dated 1960 and we acquired it in 1997. Its medium is offset lithograph on white wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

The enormous letter T makes the laughing figure seem small, and it makes us feel small, too. Bleeding beyond the frame, the T is too big to contain. Hofmann uses black and white to avoid the "trivialization of color" seen in everyday commercial advertising. By narrowing his language to type, shape, and image, he confronts direct processes of perception.

This object was donated by Ken Friedman. It is credited Gift of Ken Friedman.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 128.6 × 90.3 cm (50 5/8 × 35 9/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Along right edge: Entwurf: Armin Hofmann Photo: erkle Druck: Wassermann A.G. Basel

Cite this object as

Poster, 1960/61 Stadttheater Basel [Poster for the 1960-61 Season of the City Theater, Basel], 1960; Collected by Dan Friedman (American, 1945–1995); Switzerland; offset lithograph on white wove paper; H x W: 128.6 × 90.3 cm (50 5/8 × 35 9/16 in.); Gift of Ken Friedman; 1997-19-148

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