Street Art Posters from New York City (1970- 2001)

These images were part of the emerging art renaissance that decorated New York city's walls

Street art posters and cards Public Art Fund, William Wegman, Fay and Charlie, Card, 1987

 

‘Amongst artist Joseph Beuys’ innovations was the idea of “social sculpture”, a concept that expands the definition of art to include human activity, and considers art’s potential to transform society,’ writes Marc H. Miller of New York’s Gallery 98, an online gallery that features the new collectible, art ephemera and a fabulous collection of posters and cards from New York’s stellar downtown art scene from the 1970s to 1990s. Items from that gallery we are delighted to share with you now.

These images were part of the emerging art renaissance that decorated the city’s walls. ‘Most people remember the graffiti from that period but of equal interest was the profusion of street posters,’ says Marc.’This was the era when Xerox flyers advertised punk bands and nightclub events; the years of political posters created by the Guerrilla Girls, Group Material and PADD; and the time when Jenny Holzer successfully jump-started her art career by posting her “Truisms” on lampposts and walls.’

 

Free International University (Italy), Joseph Beuys, Poster, 1978

Free International University (Italy), Joseph Beuys, Poster, 1978

Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Keith Haring, Poster, 1988

Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Keith Haring, Poster, 1988

Keith Haring’s poster for his 1988 exhibition at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery was made not long after his diagnosis with AIDS. Haring pasted his own baby picture inside an image of an about-to-burst soap bubble: a metaphor for the life that would be cut short barely a year later. (Keith Haring: born: 4 May 1958, Reading, Pennsylvania; died: 16 February 1990, New York, New York.)

 

Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Warhol, Basquiat, Paintings, Poster, September – October 1985

Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Warhol, Basquiat, Paintings, Poster, September – October 198

exas Gallery, Bruce Nauman, Folded Card, 1985

Texas Gallery, Bruce Nauman, Folded Card, 1985

Whitney Museum, Ida Applebroog, Poster, 1978

Whitney Museum, Ida Applebroog, Poster, 1978

 

Visionary Gallery, Ira Cohen, Dangerous Visions, Card, 1991

Visionary Gallery, Ira Cohen, Dangerous Visions, Card, 1991

Sonnabend Gallery, David Hockney, Twenty Photographic Pictures, Card, 1976

Sonnabend Gallery, David Hockney, Twenty Photographic Pictures, Card, 1976

Luhring Augustine Gallery, Christopher Wool, Poster, 2001

Luhring Augustine Gallery, Christopher Wool, Poster, 2001

 

Leo Castelli Gallery, Richard Serra, Slice, Poster, 1981

Leo Castelli Gallery, Richard Serra, Slice, Poster, 1981

Tony Shafrazi & Leo Castelli, Keith Haring, Poster, 1985

Tony Shafrazi & Leo Castelli, Keith Haring, Poster, 1985

Leo Castelli Gallery & Sonnebend Gallery, Robert Rauschenberg, Poster, 1983

Leo Castelli Gallery & Sonnebend Gallery, Robert Rauschenberg, Poster, 1983

Limelight, Carl Apfelschnitt, 70th Birthday of William S. Burroughs, Card, 1984

Limelight, Carl Apfelschnitt, 70th Birthday of William S. Burroughs, Card, 1984

Salvatore Ala, David Finn, Card, 1986

Salvatore Ala, David Finn, Card, 1986

 

Jack Tilton Gallery, Nicole Eisenman, Poster, 1994

Jack Tilton Gallery, Nicole Eisenman, Poster, 1994

Exit Art, David Hammons, Card, 1989

Exit Art, David Hammons, Card, 1989

Max Protetch, Joel Fisher, 2 Cards, c. Mid 1970’s - card 1

Max Protetch, Joel Fisher, 2 Cards, c. Mid 1970’s – card 1

Holly Solomon Gallery, Alexis Smith, U.S.A., Folded Card, 1981

Holly Solomon Gallery, Alexis Smith, U.S.A., Folded Card, 1981

Art Matters, Jenny Holzer & Marianne Weems, Fundraising Letter & Truism Stamps, 1995 - stamps

Art Matters, Jenny Holzer & Marianne Weems, Fundraising Letter & Truism Stamps, 1995 – stamps

Kitchen, Tony Conrad, Card, 1977

Kitchen, Tony Conrad, Card, 1977

Fun Gallery, Kiely Jenkins, Xerox Announcement

Fun Gallery, Kiely Jenkins, Xerox Announcement

 

Baskerville + Watson Gallery, Nan Goldin, Frank Majore, Starr Ockenga, Innocence and Sophistication, Card, 1984

Baskerville + Watson Gallery, Nan Goldin, Frank Majore, Starr Ockenga, Innocence and Sophistication, Card, 1984

Lead image: Public Art Fund, William Wegman, Fay and Charlie, Card, 1987

See more art posters and much more at the excellent Gallery 98.