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CYRK and other Polish posters
at
International Vintage Poster Fair
Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC
October 16-18, 2009


Booth Overview

L-R Sari Jocelyn, Chaz Germain


This year's booth featured posters and artists from the exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.

See MoMA photos

See exhibit posters & artists




CYRK and other Polish posters
at
International Vintage Poster Fair
Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC
October 17-19, 2008



Every year Polish posters get greater public recognition and we have more people stop at the booth and we do more business, especially among young families and a more sophisticated group of 'lookers'.  A feature in our booth this year was the playing of the documentary 'Freedom on the Fence - the story of the Polish School of Posters'.  The dvd has not yet been released.  It interviews Polish artists in Poland and in the U.S. and gives the history of posters from WWII to the present - very interesting! 

 


CYRK posters
at
International Vintage Poster Fair
Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC
October 20-22, 2006

L-R Ylain G. Mayer & Shell Lewis at the Contemporary Posters booth The other half of the booth during a rare quiet moment
The main emphasis of the booth was CYRK posters, but here several non-CYRK posters of the Polish School of Posters are displayed on 'the wheelie.'
The Polish Jewish Culture Posters Exhibit @ the JCC in Manhattan, NYC, had its own poster.
The Polish Jazz Poster Exhibit @ Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC, also, had its own poster. Both posters made in Poland for Contemporary Posters' exhibits.


Cass Spencer, Cargo Magazine, NYC,
winner of Contemporary Posters' Fish Bowl Lottery
at International Vintage Poster Fair, NYC, Oct 21-23, 2005.
Shown here with Ylain G. Mayer, Contemporary Posters, & his Tiger on CYRK ball poster (CP #019)


CYRK & other Polish posters
at
30th International Vintage Poster Fair
Metropolitan Pavilion
123 W. 18th St. 4th Floor
New York, NY
October 21, 22, & 23, 2005

Ylain G. Mayer & Chaz German at the Contemporary Posters booth. There was a great deal of interest in the signed & especially the censored CYRK posters. The censored posters were featured for the first time. Under Communism, before 1989, all posters had to be approved by a censor for content. Censored posters showed quantity printed, city, poster number, date, & signature of the censor. Censored posters have historical value as well as artistic value.

Special tribute was also made to Henryk Tomaszewski (1914-2005) 'the father of the Polish School of Posters.' (note: clown poster in center of booth & "X" poster in bottom right corner.


CYRK & other Polish posters
at
29th International Vintage Poster Fair
Park Central Hotel, NYC
870 Seventh Ave. @ 56th St.
October 22-24, 2004

Shell Lewis showing posters. Note 'Clown on elephant' (#173, 1962, R. Cieslewicz) 2 old beautiful posters '3 horses w/ trainer in tux'
(#058, 1964, T. Gronowski); '3 horses' (#199, 1962, W. Gorka)
Ylain Mayer at booth
Deciding on adding more CYRK posters to their collection... it's not easy... Ada Mak & Steve Armstrong, NYC, have finally decided! Elena G. Millie, Curator, Poster Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, spoke about posters to an interested audience. Showing 2 popular CYRK posters.

CYRK & other Polish posters
at
International Vintage Poster Fair
Park Central Hotel, NYC
November 14-16, 2003

Chaz German & his lovely wife, Patti, in front of Poland's only 2 posters that were made into postage stamps - W. Swierzy's 1970 'Clown face with derby' (#186) in 1992 & M. Urbaniec's 1970 'Mona Lisa' (#207) in 2003.Poster at far left is H. Hilscher's 1965 'The juggler' (#030c) which appeared in the movie 'What Women Want' (Mel Gibson/Helen Hunt). The poster also has hand-written censor's marks made by the government censor who had to approve all posters under Communism. The poster is appreciated for its historic value as well as its beauty. (Other posters with censor's marks are available - click for details)
Beside CYRK posters, jazz, film, theater, opera, and Jewish posters were displayed. W. Swierzy's hand-signed Humphrey Bogart film poster was an immediate seller, as was his 1974 Jimi Hendrix (#1000) jazz poster.

CYRK posters featuring Polish/Jewish posters
at
International Vintage Poster Fair
Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC
October 26-27, 2002

The exhibits featured contemporary Polish/Jewish posters shown for the first time in the US - posters of Jewish films, Jewish opera, & the National Jewish Theater (E.R. Kaminskiej) that performs in the Yiddish language. The exhibit highlighted some of the posters that would appear in a major Jewish poster exhibit at the Polish Consulate, NYC, in December 2002.
(See Polish Consulate exhibit)


CYRK
at
International Vintage Poster Fair
Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC
October 26-28, 2001


An exhibit of CYRK posters & other Polish posters--jazz, film, opera, political, social posters--as well as Jewish posters--by artists of the Polish School of Posters. The exhibit was a preview of a Polish poster exhibit to be held at the Polish Consulate, 233 Madison Ave (E. 37th St) NYC, April 11-21, 2002, featuring CYRK & Jewish culture posters.

Anna Pelka, Consul, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, listens as Ylain G. Mayer, Contemporary Posters, explains some of the Jewish posters & other posters done by CYRK poster artists of the Polish School of Posters. A Polish poster exhibit will be held at the Polish Consulate in April, 2002.

Son Jason with his red nose & green balloon gets into the CYRK mood as brother Brett and Lyn & Glen Moodie are all smiles as new owners of 2 CYRK posters (Zukowska's #215 Lion head with pencil in paw & Penciak's prize 1965 #250 3 prancing horses).

15 month old Isabella Spagnuolo showing off Gorka's #27 Monkey on bicycle, her first CYRK poster, as her parents, Amy & Peter, approve.

CYRK
at
International Vintage Poster Fair
Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC
October 20-22, 2000

- Kids love & buy CYRK posters, too!
10 year old Ryan Freed, with father John, hams it up in front of his purchase of Olbinski's 'Boxing monkey'. 5 year old Jamie Moskowitz studies Hilscher's 'Zebra with legs in air' & oversees its purchase, while father Kenneth looks on.
- Free Solidarity poster with CYRK order!
In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Poland's Solidarity (1980-2000), the Solidarity poster was given free with every CYRK poster order. The poster features Gary Cooper & was used in the election of 6/4/89 to help bring Lech Walesa & the Solidarity Party to power - contributing to the defeat of Communism. (Ylain G. Mayer, Contemporary Posters, is at the booth)
The Solidarity poster continues to be given FREE with every CYRK poster order.

CYRK
at
International Vintage Poster Fair
Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC
October 22-24, 1999

CYRK posters & Polish film posters by artists represented at Autry Museum of Western Heritage (Los Angeles, CA) exhibit "Western Amerykanski - Polish Poster Art & The Western" exhibit of Polish posters 1940s-1990s.


CYRK
at
International Vintage Poster Fair
Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC
April 16-18, 1999

CYRK booth featuring Waldemar Swierzy & Rafal Olbinski posters. Ylain G. Mayer, Contemporary Posters

'Meet The Artist'
Rafal Olbinski, Polish CYRK poster artist, illustrator, posterist, painter, at CYRK booth with Olbinski posters in background. Ylain G. Mayer, Contemporary Posters.
Rafal Olbinski showing his posters to Elena G. Millie, Curator, Poster Collection, Library of Congress, Washington DC.

Rafal Olbinski with Mr. & Mrs. Steven Bernstein, NY, NY, friends & poster collectors
Rafal Olbinski with (L to R) Jim Lapides, International Posters Gallery, Boston, MA; Virginia Hunter, Virginia Hunter Associates, publicist for IVPF; Bernard Rougerie, Art Wise/Rare Posters, NY, NY


CYRK
at
International Vintage Poster Fair
Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC
October 23-25, 1998

CYRK booth; M. CYRK, mime; Ylain G. Mayer, Contemporary Posters

Boguslaw Lustyk, Polish CYRK poster artist & 1998 Kentucky Derby poster artist at CYRK booth with M. CYRK, mime.


Click poster for details & artist's bio/artist's other posters!





Other CYRK artists: A-D, F-K, L-R, S-Z, Anonymous


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