Artist/Designer: Chris Garland, Art Direction and Design.
David Csicsko, Illustration.
Title: Chicago City Store Memphis Poster 1983
Medium: Framed version: 4 color process on coated paper. Limited Edition Version: Four color process with DayGlo Pink and overall varnish on 14 pt card stock.
Dimensions: 36" h x 24"
Manufacturer: CITY (Contemporary design and fashion retailer in Chicago)
Details: Rare Poster. This Limited Edition Version is an exclusive offering directly from archives of the designer, Chris Garland. Ten examples are available from the original limited edition with the CITY logo silkscreened in phosphorescent ink, hand-signed at bottom in black marker by the designer. The original poster was printed in a total press run of 500, and only 50 of these silkscreened versions were ever produced. Offered at only $995. unframed. In addition, we have one framed vintage version from our archive of the poster (not part of the limited edition or signed) in good condition with minor fading due to age. This example offered only at $750. framed.
Notes from the Archive: CITY store was waiting for publicity photos to arrive from the Memphis studio in Milan...to promote the Memphis Collection at for-the-trade open house event in conjunction with Neocon/Chicago. The photos never arrived. Chris Garland of Xeno Design was asked to create a poster without product images and have it printed and delivered in one week. As a concept, he chose to stylize the Chicago Picasso sculpture with a Memphis-like appearance. In collaboration with illustrator David Csicsko, work began on Friday and mechanical art was delivered to the printer Monday. The image is not a drawing; it's all hand cut overlays - one for each color of ink. No proof was made in advance of going on press. Delivery was made later that week.
The CITY event was a hit with 4 or 5 of the designers from Memphis/Milano showing up unexpectedly. Posters were carried back to Milan and put on display in their studios.
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