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1997

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2010

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Poster, The Birth of Cool, American Painting from Georgia O'Keefe to Christopher Wood, 1997

This is a Poster. It is dated 1997 and we acquired it in 2010. Its medium is offset lithograph on wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Windlin’s style is not precious — he lets drips, splatter, and smudges populate many of his works, including this poster. The low-fi, Do-It-Yourself effect mimics the spontaneity and energy often found in street art. A large area of bright pink is actually a painting by the American artist Christopher Wool. While it may seem Conlin is absent from this work, he nevertheless devises an underlying structure that organizes information effectively. The Birth of Cool poster serves as an announcement for new material taking over from what came before (much like Windlin’s graphic style).

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

Its dimensions are

127.5 x 89.5 cm (50 3/16 x 35 1/4 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in black ink, lower left: ABBILDUNG: CHRISTOPHER WOOL I CAN’T STAND MYSELF WHEN YOU TOUCH ME, 199[?] (DETAIL)

Cite this object as

Poster, The Birth of Cool, American Painting from Georgia O'Keefe to Christopher Wood, 1997; Switzerland; offset lithograph on wove paper; 127.5 x 89.5 cm (50 3/16 x 35 1/4 in.); Gift of Sara and Marc Benda; 2010-21-52

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