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Poster, CRASH, 1977

This is a Poster. It is dated 1977 and we acquired it in 2009. Its medium is photo-offset lithograph on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Seeking creative ways of expression despite a regime that censored creative output, many Polish artists and illustrators pushed these constraints to develop an innovative approach to poster design. Jan Sawka’s imaginative use of hand-drawn type in a bright colored pattern contrasts with the more subdued illustration of a figure’s head in this poster dated 1977. Surrealist imagery and Pop Art graphics combine in a fragmentary appearance. Sawka’s political leanings prompted his departure from Poland; he eventually settled in the United States.

This object was donated by Marc Benda. It is credited Gift of Sara and Marc Benda.

Its dimensions are

96 x 66.1 cm (37 13/16 x 26 in.)

Cite this object as

Poster, CRASH, 1977; photo-offset lithograph on paper; 96 x 66.1 cm (37 13/16 x 26 in.); Gift of Sara and Marc Benda; 2009-20-25

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