International Poster Gallery proudly presents “Summer Getaway! 22nd Annual Summer Poster Show,” including more than 50 original vintage travel and leisure posters from near and far, plus a new discovery of 30 rarely-seen airline posters. This exhibition runs from July 5 – September 5, 2016.
Inspiring wanderlust in the viewer, our travel posters cover locations from Bermuda to Norway and joyously highlight the different aspects of travel. The late Thirties headliner, Bermuda – 5 Hours by Air – PAA by Adolph Treidler pictures a handsome young couple heading out on their bicycles under a star-filled sky. Overhead, a Pan Am flying boat is silhouetted by a full moon.
In contrast to the calm, enchanted world depicted by Treidler, David Klein captures the excitement and energy of the Hollywood Bowl in his vibrant Los Angeles – Fly TWA poster:
Next up in the exhibition are summer sport posters, including Otto von Hanno’s charming 1930s Summer in Norway poster of sail boats playing cat and mouse amongst the fjords and the 1936 Art Deco Australia Surf Club by Gert Sellheim. Von Hanno and Sellheim instill their posters with a sense of adventure and beauty.
The show concludes with psychedelic Rock & Roll posters from the Fillmore Auditorium and beautiful post-war jazz festival posters from Willisau, Switzerland. Posters took on a psychedelic edge in the 1960s when artist Wes Wilson, departing from the neat, functional typography of the 1950s, turned to bubble lettering and bright, clashing colors to advertise rock concerts in the Bay Area. Billy Graham’s Fillmore Auditorium became the proving ground for a pulsating drug-induced style of poster art.
The exhibition includes this Rick Griffin/Victor Moscoso rarity for a Jimi Hendrix concert at the Winterland. It unabashedly blends Egyptian iconography, Gothic lettering and comic book graphics into a playfully surrealistic vision.
“As always, our 22nd Summer Show is full of fun combined with great design. The energy of Mid-Century Modernism is front and center,” states Gallery owner Jim Lapides, a nationally recognized authority on vintage posters and poster collecting. “Many of these are avidly sought by museums today and are still very affordable to beginning collectors.”
View more posters from the exhibition on our website.