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CYRK... Polish Posters News Releases

CYRK... Polish Posters News Releases:

  • CYRK… Polish School of Posters@ Pop Art Photo Show, September 2018
  • In Memoriam for the Artist – Polish Solidarity poster @ AD Design Show, March 2018
  • MoMA poster collection of CYRK…artists @ AD Design Show, March 2018
  • Decorating with CYRK… art @ NYC Design Show, March 2017
  • CYRK... protest art @ Architectural Digest Design Show, March 2017
  • MoMA's collection - 'Polish School' posters & artists @ New York Architectural Digest Show, March 2016
  • TRENDS envisioned by CYRK… artists @ New York Architectural Digest Show, March 2015
  • CYRK... posters featured on Circopedia, February 2014
  • Scream original poster @ New York Architectural Digest Show, March 2013
  • Decorating with CYRK… art @ Home Design Show, February 2012
  • CYRK… art –seen at MoMA exhibit– @ Home Design Show, January 2011
  • CYRK… poster art @ Daniel Aubry Gallery, Beacon, NY, November 2010
  • 3rd Annual Polish Poster Festival in LA, Polish Jewish Theater contemporary art posters at Warszawa Restaurant April 2009
  • 'Stimulus pricing' for CYRK... art @ Home Design Show, CYRK... affordable original art – to achieve great design, March 2009
  • Jewish/Polish Poster Exhibition To Open At Westchester Jewish Center, February 2009
  • 2nd Annual Polish Poster Festival in LA, 100+ original posters of the Polish School of Posters, April 2008
  • From Fiddler on the Roof to Classic Jazz, Polish Posters at the Richard Goad Theater, April 2008
  • Decorating with CYRK… art @ Home Design Show, March 2008
  • CYRK.... posters at San Diego art gallery, November 2007
  • Jewish/Polish Posters @ San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, October 2007
  • Polish Poster Art Exhibit in San Diego, October 2007
  • CYRK & other Polish School of Posters @ Gallery of Graphic Arts, July 2007
  • Poster Festival LA 2007 honored by Polish Consulate, April 2007
  • Polish Poster Festival LA expands, April 2007
  • Polish Poster Festival comes to LA, February 2007
  • Jewish Posters from Poland @ San Francisco JCC, January 2007
  • Jewish/Polish Posters @ JCC in Manhattan, November 2006
  • Polish Jazz posters at Jazz at Lincoln Center, October 2006
  • ART - the perfect Mother's Day gift for yourself or a loved one, with 100% of net proceeds to the OCRF, May 2005
  • Famed Ray Charles art poster featured, January 2005
  • The Terminal jazz poster is Poster of the Month, October 2004
  • Polish Poster Exhibition @ Merkin Concert Hall, October 2004
  • New York's 1st Major Polish Jazz Poster Exhibition, September 2004
  • FREE 2003 Cracow Jewish Culture Festival posters, November 2003
  • Eastern European Prints & Posters , Payne Gallery, Moravian College, February 2003
  • Jewish/Polish Posters @ NY synagogues, December 2002
  • Jewish Culture Posters @ Polish Consulate Exhibit, November 2002
  • Contemporaryposters.com offers free shipping to celebrate enhanced website, May 2002
  • Decorating with CYRK art at Home Design Show; Contemporary Posters exhibits CYRK posters for home & office, November 2001
  • Contemporary Polish Posters at October Poster Fair, October 2001
  • FREE! Solidarity poster @ contemporaryposters.com, August 2000
  • Record Auction prices for CYRK... Polish posters, August 2000
  • CYRK... Posters at Swann Galleries' Summer Auction, August 2000
  • 1st CYRK...Polish Circus Posters exhibit in Los Angeles, September 1999
  • CYRK...Polish Circus Posters by Waldemar Swierzy at Warszawa Restaurant, August 1999
  • World Renown Poster Artists at CYRK... Exhibit, Rafal Olbinski & Waldemar Swierzy featured at Poster Fair booth, April 1999
  • Daniel Libeskind honored at the CYRK... Polish circus poster exhibit at Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, November 1998
  • Polish Influence on the Arts" Panel Discussion at Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, Panelists - Andrzej Dudzinski, Keith Godard (moderator), Adam Holender, Ryszard Horowitz & Jan Kubasiewicz , November 1998
  • 2nd Annual CYRK... Polish circus poster exhibit at the Consulate includes Taste of Poland, November 1998
  • Rafal Olbinski & Boguslaw Lustyk in person at Art Fair, October 1998
  • CYRK...Polish Circus Posters by Waldemar Swierzy at Teresa's Restaurant, April 1998
  • Chopin Piano Recital during "Arts Festival" at Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, November 1997
  • CYRK... exhibit at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, "Arts Festival" & "Taste of Poland", November, 1997
  • Jazz Recital during "Arts Festival" at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, October 1997
  • Taste of Poland at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, October 1997


  • News Release: 9/18

    CYRK… Polish School of Posters @ Pop Art Photo Show

    Contemporary Posters will be at the first inaugural Pop Art Photo Show which takes place, September 27-30th, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA. The show is a four-day celebration of 70+ years of pop culture-influenced expression in an interactive space showcasing extraordinary images of pop culture. Visitors will be able to explore and purchase their favorite rare and vintage art.



    Contemporary Posters is a New York gallery featuring CYRK… and the Polish School of Posters from the Communist era - recognized as the best in contemporary poster art, comparable to the genius of France’s La Belle Époque of the 1890s. Encouraged and supported by the Soviet controlled government, the artists of the Polish School were commissioned to create posters on specified themes: CYRK [the quintessential posters of the Polish School as well as exhibit, film, jazz, Jewish, opera, rock, theater and all aspects of the government-run cultural media. Despite strict State censorship, the posters’ sophisticated visual language often obliquely contained anti-regime messages [hidden meanings].

    CYRK… art is original limited-edition posters, priced from $125 to $1500 - with most in the $175-$575 range. And, like all fine vintage posters, CYRK… art is linen-backed - a labor intensive process which maintains a poster's integrity. Posters are in mint condition, measure approximately 27" x39" and were printed in Poland by agencies of the cold-war Communist government.

    Above photos from left to right:
    Contemporary Posters’ Ylain G. Mayer in front of a Swierzy Jazz Greats poster
    Pop Art Photo Show: September 27-30; Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA
    Dirty Dancing (1989) film poster by Mieczyslaw Wasilewski

    Enc: Pop Art Photo Show
    contact info: Contemporary Posters, Ylain G Mayer (212) 724-7722 art@contemporaryposters.com website-www.contemporaryposters.com
    Contemporary Posters -a division of Prior Products Inc.,a New York company founded in 1933- specializes in the art of the Polish School of Posters


    News Release: 3/18

    In Memoriam for the Artist – Polish Solidarity poster @ AD Design Show

    In memory of Solidarity’ s artist - Tomasz Sarnecki – the world-famous Solidarity(Solidarnosc) poster will be at Contemporary Posters’ booth #440 at the 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show [Pier 94, New York City, March 22-25].


    Tomasz Sarnecki, who died in Poland on January 2nd, 2018 (at the age of 51) had transformed a publicity still of Gary Cooper striding down the street in the film High Noon into a campaign poster for the crucial 1989 Polish election. This historic vote resulted in the defeat of the Communist ‘bandits’ and brought to power Lech Walesa and the once outlawed Solidarity Party. In addition to the Solidarity poster, the exhibit will feature CYRK... - both very rare, almost impossible to find as well as extraordinary, but more available- posters by artists of the Polish School represented in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC.

    The Polish School of Posters [post World War II (1945) until the fall of Communism (1989)] is recognized as the best in contemporary poster art - comparable to the genius of France’s La Belle Époque of the 1890s. Encouraged and supported by the Communist government, the artists of the Polish School of Posters were commissioned to create posters on specified themes: CYRK [the quintessential posters of the Polish School ] as well as exhibit, film, jazz, Jewish, opera, theater and all aspects of the government-run cultural media. Despite strict State censorship, the posters’ sophisticated visual language often obliquely contained anti-regime messages [hidden meanings].

    CYRK… art is original limited-edition posters, priced from $150 to $1500 - with most in the $175-$575 range. And, like all fine vintage posters, CYRK… art is archival linen-backed - a labor-intensive process which maintains a poster's integrity. Posters are in mint/near mind condition, usually measure approximately 27" x39" and were printed in Poland by agencies of the Communist government.

    contact info: Contemporary Posters, Ylain G Mayer (212) 724-7722 art@contemporaryposters.com website-www.contemporaryposters.com
    Contemporary Posters -a division of Prior Products Inc.,a New York company founded in 1933- specializes in the art of the Polish School of Posters


    News Release: 3/18

    MoMA poster collection of CYRK…artists @ AD Design Show

    CYRK… artists represented in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC will be featured at Contemporary Posters’ booth #440 at the 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show [Pier 94, New York City, March 22-25]. In addition, some of the 100+ Communist era posters and artists on view were part of MoMA’s recent Polish Posters 1945-89 exhibition.





    The Polish School of Posters [post World War II (1945) until the fall of Communism (1989)] is recognized as the best in contemporary poster art - comparable to the genius of France’s La Belle Époque of the 1890s. Encouraged and supported by the Communist government, the artists of the Polish School of Posters were commissioned to create posters on specified themes: CYRK [the quintessential posters of the Polish School ] as well as exhibit, film, jazz, Jewish, opera, theater and all aspects of the government-run cultural media. Despite strict State censorship, the posters’ sophisticated visual language often obliquely contained anti-regime messages [hidden meanings].

    Besides the many very rare, almost impossible to find posters [part of Contemporary Posters’ platinum collection] as well as other extraordinary, but more available, posters, the exhibit will also consist of : a documentary film, Freedom on the Fence, about the Polish School of Posters which was playing at the MoMA poster exhibit; photos of award–winning settings for ‘Decorating with CYRK… art’; and posters for Contemporary Posters' California exhibits which are complimentary to customers as part of a special show promotion.

    CYRK… art is original limited-edition posters, priced from $150 to $1500 - with most in the $175-$575 range. And, like all fine vintage posters, CYRK… art is archival linen-backed - a labor-intensive process which maintains a poster's integrity. Posters are in mint/near mind condition, usually measure approximately 27" x39" and were printed in Poland by agencies of the Communist government.

    contact info: Contemporary Posters, Ylain G Mayer (212) 724-7722 art@contemporaryposters.com website-www.contemporaryposters.com
    Contemporary Posters -a division of Prior Products Inc.,a New York company founded in 1933- specializes in the art of the Polish School of Posters


    News Release: 3/17

    Decorating with CYRK… art @ NYC Design Show





    CYRK… art was used effectively as the focal point [from l to r] in a Joel Grey’s studio office, a European sitting room, a winter chalet and a modern bedroom. These are just a few examples of successfully Decorating with CYRK… art - the theme of Contemporary Posters' exhibit at the 2017 New York Architectural Digest Design Show- [March 16st-19th, Pier 94, NYC].

    Contemporary Posters’ booth #440 is offering for sale 100+ distinct images including many very rare, almost impossible to find posters – part of the platinum collection - from the golden age of the world-renown Polish School of Posters. The artists of the Polish School were encouraged and supported by the Communist government, to create posters on specified themes to promote: CYRK [the quintessential posters of the Polish School] as well as exhibit, film, jazz, Jewish, opera, theater and all other aspects of the government-run cultural media.

    Decorating with art is a well-recognized way of creating unique and attractive surroundings. And CYRK… art - considered the best in contemporary poster art, comparable to France’s La Belle Époque of the 1890s - is a striking and affordable way to enhance any location. Whether placed singly or in a group, CYRK… posters with their compelling graphic images and wide range of styles, subjects, messages and coloring can augment great design in a variety of décors.

    Several posters as well as most artists were included in the exhibit Polish Posters 1945-89 at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, NYC) or are part of the Museum’s collection. In addition, on view are: a documentary film, Freedom on the Fence, about the Polish School of Posters which was playing at the MoMA installation; an original painting (maquette) from which a poster was created; and two posters for Contemporary Posters' California exhibits which are offered complimentary to customers as part of a special show promotion.

    CYRK… art is original limited-edition posters, priced from $125 to $1200 - with most in the $160-$600 range. And, like all fine vintage posters, CYRK… art is linen-backed - a labor intensive process which maintains a poster's integrity. Posters are in mint condition, measure approximately 27" x39" and were printed in Poland by agencies of the cold-war Communist government.

    Enc: MoMA press release
    contact info: Contemporary Posters, Ylain G Mayer (212) 724-7722 art@contemporaryposters.com website-www.contemporaryposters.com
    Contemporary Posters -a division of Prior Products Inc.,a New York company founded in 1933- specializes in the art of the Polish School of Posters


    News Release: 3/17

    CYRK... protest art @ Architectural Digest Design Show






    An exhibit of CYRK… - Polish School of Posters - protest art from the Communist era will be at Contemporary Posters’ booth #440 at the 2017 Architectural Digest Design Show [Pier 94, New York City, March 16th–19th]. These posters, though not overtly anti-government, are creative, aesthetically pleasing vehicles for coded subversion. And the artists, despite receiving State support and being subject to strict censorship, often were able to use their street art to convey negative messages about the Soviet- dominated regime.

    The hidden meanings contained in the posters are as varied as the art: from Jan Lenica’s famous design for Wozzeck that screamed out the message of Polish suffering; to the CYRKposters in which [from l to r] Hubert Hilscher intimates how all is upside down and unstable under Communism, Jan Sawka eludes to the prayers of the Poles for the fall of the USSR imposed bureaucracy and Waldemar Swierzy not only questions reality but also hides numerous Vs – the martial law banned victory sign; to finally, Tomasz Sarnecki’s Solidarity poster that openly called for a vote to end Communism. In addition to the politically and historically significant messages of protest, the Polish School of Posters [post World War II (1945) until the fall of Communism (1989)] also became recognized as the best in contemporary poster art - comparable to the genius of France’s La Belle Époque of the 1890s.

    Many of the 100+ CYRK… original limited-edition posters and artists displayed are part of MoMA’s (Museum of Modern Art, NYC) collection. In addition, some of the posters and artists were also included at the Museum’s recent Polish Posters 1945-89 exhibition. Also, on view are: a documentary film, Freedom on the Fence, which focuses on the surreptitiousness of the art of the Polish School of Posters; photos of award–winning settings for ‘Decorating with CYRK… art’; and posters for Contemporary Posters' California exhibits which are complimentary to customers as part of a special show promotion.

    CYRK… art is original limited-edition posters, priced from $125 to $1200 - with most in the $160-$600range. And, like all fine vintage posters, CYRK… art is archival linen-backed - a labor-intensive process which maintains a poster's integrity. Posters are in mint/near mind condition, usually measure approximately 27" x39" and were printed in Poland by agencies of the Communist government.

    Enc: MoMA press release
    contact info: Contemporary Posters, Ylain G Mayer (212) 724-7722 art@contemporaryposters.com website-www.contemporaryposters.com
    Contemporary Posters -a division of Prior Products Inc.,a New York company founded in 1933- specializes in the art of the Polish School of Posters


    News Release: 3/16

    MoMA’s collection-‘Polish School’ posters & artists @ Design Show

    Architectural Digest Design Show
    Pier 94 (12th Av. & 55th St.), March 17th–20th







    The Museum of Modern Art’s collection of the Polish School of Posters will be featured at Contemporary Posters’ booth #440 at the 2016 Architectural Digest Design Show [Pier 94, New York City, March 17th–20th]. Many of the 100+ Communist era CYRK… original limited-edition posters and artists on view are part of MoMA ’s collection. In addition, some of the posters and artists were also included at the Museum’s recent Polish Posters 1945-89 exhibition.

    The Polish School of Posters [post World War II (1945) until the fall of Communism (1989)] is recognized as the best in contemporary poster art - comparable to the genius of France’s La Belle Époque of the 1890s. Encouraged and supported by the Communist government, the artists of the Polish School of Posters were commissioned to create posters on specified themes: CYRK [the quintessential posters of the Polish School ] as well as exhibit, film, jazz, Jewish, opera, theater and all aspects of the government-run cultural media. Despite strict State censorship, the posters’ sophisticated visual language often obliquely contained anti-regime messages [hidden meanings].

    Besides the Museum’s posters and artists, many very rare - almost impossible to find posters [part of Contemporary Posters’ platinum collection] - on view, also, are: other extraordinary, but more available, posters; a documentary film, Freedom on the Fence , about the Polish School of Posters which was playing at the MoMA poster exhibit; photos of award–winning settings for ‘Decorating with CYRK… art’ ; and posters for Contemporary Posters' California exhibits which are complimentary to customers as part of a special show promotion.

    CYRK… art is original limited-edition posters, priced from $150 to $1500 - with most in the $175-$575 range. And, like all fine vintage posters, CYRK… art is archival linen-backed - a labor-intensive process which maintains a poster's integrity. Posters are in mint/near mind condition, usually measure approximately 27" x39" and were printed in Poland by agencies of the Communist government.

    att: 4 pp MoMA ‘Polish School’ posters and artists; collection and exhibit

    Enc: MoMA press release
    contact info: Contemporary Posters, Ylain G Mayer (212) 724-7722 art@contemporaryposters.com website-www.contemporaryposters.com
    Contemporary Posters -a division of Prior Products Inc.,a New York company founded in 1933- specializes in the art of the Polish School of Posters


    News Release: 3/15

    Architectural Digest Show TRENDS envisioned by CYRK… artists

    Architectural Digest Home Design Show
    Pier 94 (12th Av. & 55th St.), March 19th–22nd



    Art/design TRENDS, recognized at the 2015 Architectural Digest/ Home Design Show [Pier 94, New York City, March 19th–22nd], include curves and unexpected colour combinations.  Many of the over 100 Communist era CYRKoriginal limited-edition art posters on view at Contemporary Posters’ booth #436 forecasted these 2015 TRENDS.  Similarly, the posters at the Museum of Modern Art [NYC] recent Polish Posters 1945-89 exhibition reflected this stylistic prophesy.

    Two posters at both exhibits - Mona Lisa (1970)by Maciej Urbaniec and Wozzeck (1964)by Jan Lenica - [pictured above] exemplify how CYRK… artists were precursors to the current art/design TRENDS of flowing lines and palette surprises.  

    Urbaniec (1925-2004) in Mona Lisa uses dissonant color combinations with ingenious humorous artistic metaphors to attract attention to his subtle but powerful message that an ideal society would merge the esoteric art of Leonardo da Vinci with the more mundane art of the circus.

    Lenica 1928-2001 in Wozzeck, through a rhythmic linear technique, dramatic contrasts of red and black undulating lines plus the provocative joining of the real and surreal; combines the musicality of Berg’s opera with the decorativeness of Art Noveau, to create a ubiquitous anguished cry of the central figure.

    In addition to these two iconic oeuvres, also on view are: a diverse selection of other very rare, almost impossible to find posters – part of the platinum collection; a documentary film, Freedom on the Fence, about the Polish School of Posters that was playing at the MoMA installation; an original painting (maquette) from which a poster was created and posters for Contemporary Posters' California exhibits which are complimentary to customers as part of a special show promotion.

    The Polish School of Posters [post World War II (1945) until the fall of Communism (1989)] is recognized as the best in contemporary poster art - comparable to the genius of France’s La Belle Époque of the 1890s.  Encouraged and supported by the Communist government, the artistsof thePolish School of Posters were commissioned to create posters on specified themes:CYRK [the quintessential posters of the Polish School] as well as exhibit, film, jazz, Jewish, opera, theater and all aspects of the government-run cultural media.

    CYRK…art is original limited-edition posters, priced from $150 to $1200 - with most in the $175-$575 range.  And, like all fine vintage posters, CYRK… art is linen-backed - a labor-intensive process which maintains a poster's integrity.  Posters are in mint/near mind condition, measure 27" x39" and were printed in Poland by agencies of the Communist government.   

    Enc: MoMA press release
    contact info: Contemporary Posters, Ylain G Mayer (212) 724-7722 art@contemporaryposters.com website-www.contemporaryposters.com
    Contemporary Posters -a division of Prior Products Inc.,a New York company founded in 1933- specializes in the art of the Polish School of Posters


    News Release: 2/15

    Decorating with CYRK… art @ Home Design Show

    Architectural Digest Home Design Show
    Pier 94 (12th Av. & 55th St.), March 19th–22nd

    CYRK… art was used effectively to convert a Fire Island home from a dull non-descript collection of rooms to an exciting interior space. The owners aptly described the transformation : "… your posters are the best part of our new home. We had bland white walls, lots of minimally furnished space -- your posters made the space vibrant. They really pop against the mostly neutral background. We love them!" Decorating with CYRK… art will be the theme of the Contemporary Posters' exhibit at the 2015 New York Architectural Digest Home Design Show.

    CYRK… art, original contemporary/vintage posters from the world renowned Polish School of Posters, [post World War II (1945) until the fall of Communism (1989)] is recognized as the best in contemporary poster art - comparable to France's La Belle Époque of the 1890s. Encouraged and supported by the Communist government, the artists of the Polish School of Posters were commissioned to create posters on specified themes: CYRK [the quintessential posters of the Polish School] as well as exhibit, film, jazz, Jewish, opera, theater and all aspects of the government-run cultural media.

    CYRK… art is a striking and affordable way to enhance any room in your home or office. Whether placed singly or in a group, CYRK… posters, with their compelling graphic images and wide range of styles, subjects, messages and coloring lend themselves to countless locations. Styles range from real to surreal, subjects from abstract to animals, coloring from pale to psychedelic and messages from clear to cryptic.

    CYRK… art is original limited-edition posters, priced from $125 to $1200 - with most in the $160-$575 range. And, like all fine vintage posters, CYRK… art is linen-backed - a labor intensive process which maintains a poster's integrity. Posters are in mint condition, measure approximately 27" x39" and were printed in Poland by agencies of the cold-war Communist government.

    Contemporary Posters, a division of Prior Products Inc., founded in 1933, is a New York company specializing in the art of the Polish School.
    contact info: Contemporary Posters, Donald S Mayer (212) 724-7722 art@contemporaryposters.com website: www.contemporaryposters.com



    News Release: 2/14

    CYRK...posters featured on Circopedia

     



    The end of World War II marked the dawn of a new period in the development of Polish poster art, which became known as the Polish School of Posters. The recently installed Communist regime began commissioning artists to design posters not only with social and political messages, but also and more prominently to promote the many aspects of the government-run cultural media: concerts, exhibitions, film, jazz, opera, theater, etc. and the circus (cyrk in Polish).

    Building sites throughout Poland were enclosed with wooden fences, which were quickly covered with posters. These fences served as billboards and events’ notices as well as support for the art of the street. Circus became both the most internationally recognized and acclaimed subject depicted by the Polish School of Posters.

    The Art Of CYRK… Posters

    The first "Cyrk" posters appeared in 1962, when the ZPR (Zjednoczone Przedsi?biorstwa Rozrywkowe, or United Entertainment Entreprises), the state agency that oversaw the circus, commissioned leading artists to develop a modern approach to the circus poster. The ZPR wanted a revised look for the circus poster to parallel the circus's efforts to upgrade its image. These new circus posters were not to be advertisements presenting concrete objects, people, or facts; but rather, they were to be artistic renderings reminding the public that an exciting and contemporary circus was coming to town.

    Based usually on a single theme, their metaphors and allusions created a wonderful artistic expression that, in addition to being viewed, were to be read, pondered, and digested. Cyrk posters became known for their mastery of certain specific qualities of the Polish School: painterly gestures, linear design, lettering, clever metaphors, humor, as well as vibrant colors. The significance of the circus as a cultural form during the Communist period in Poland (1946-1989), and the importance of these Cyrk posters, is attested to by the issuance of a postage stamp in 2002 with the image of the Mona Lisa circus poster by Maciej Urabaniec.

    Politics And Poster Art

    The post-war political systems in Poland greatly influenced the development of polish poster design. Beginning in 1945, Poland was known as the Polish People’s Republic, and was governed by a Soviet-supported Communist regime. Under this government, such media as the circus and the poster were given an exalted status, but they were subject to almost complete censorship.

    In the 1960s, Poland achieved relative political autonomy from the USSR, and culture increasingly became the center of public life. The State, as both patron and controller of the arts, gave recognition to posters as an art form. While the State’s patronage supported the poster, the State’s encouragement created its success. This encouragement took many forms, including establishing education in poster design at polish colleges of art, and organizing national poster competitions throughout Poland. During this period, poster design became a well-recognized profession, attracting artists from various disciplines: print making, photography, illustration, sculpture, and painting; all of which contributed to the development of the Polish poster.

    The 1970s witnessed a lessening of direct State supervision of the media, resulting in State-owned publishers exerting less and less influence over poster content. The political turmoil of the 1970s and 1980s further removed posters from governmental restraints. In this atmosphere of greater artistic freedom, poster design flourished; it became more dynamic, more expressive, and more artistic. Posters also became more intellectual and challenging as artists smuggled their own ideas into works still supported by the State.

    Finally, in 1989, the fall of Communism in Poland and the introduction of a free market economy brought with it the end of an era—the end of the importance of the State-supported circus, and the end of the golden age of the Polish School of Posters.

    The Artists Of The Polish School Of Posters

    The artists of the Cyrk posters and the Polish School of Posters can be divided into three periods:

    The First Generation (post-World War II): The founders were Jozef Mroszczak (1910-1975), Henryk Tomaszewski (b.1914) and Tadeusz Trepkowski (1914-1954). Each contributed to its unique style: a painter’s palette, the quick sketch—full of humor, strong coloring, surrealistic metaphors, concise composition and use of symbolism.

    The Second Generation (the 1950s and 1960s): These artists, born in the 1920s and 1930s, include Roman Cieslewicz, Wiktor Gorka, Hubert Hilscher, Tadeusz Jodlowski, Jan Lenica, Jan Mlodozeniec, Marian Stachurski, Waldemar Swierzy, and Maciej Urbaniec. They continued the work of the First Generation, but in a more restrained, intellectual style. Some drew upon the fantastic and surreal while others favored abstraction.

    The Third Generation (the 1960s-1980s): Born during and after World War II, these artists include Jerzy Czerniawski, Stasys Eidrigevicius, Marek Freudenreich, Rafal Olbinski, Andrzej Pagowski, Jan Sawka, and Wieslaw Walkuski. They introduced more aggressive designs intended to surprise, provoke or disturb the viewers’ beliefs and values. Their works often use camouflage and commonly understood ironies to communicate surreptitiously with the public. This generation firmly established the Polish School of Posters’ reputation throughout the international art community.

    From: Circopedia.org

    Circopedia.org has 48 CYRK... posters on their image gallery.

     



    News Release: 3/13

    Scream original poster @ New York Architectural Digest Show

    Architectural Digest Home Design Show
    Pier 94 (12th Av. & 55th St.), March 21st–24th


    Wozzeck (1964)
    by Jan Lenica
    Wozzeck (1964), an original limited-edition opera poster by Jan Lenica, which has been likened - artistically and thematically - to Edvard Munch's The Scream, is on view at Contemporary Posters' booth at the 2013 Architectural Digest Home Design Show [March 21st-24th, Pier 94, New York City]. Lenica's Communist era 'Scream' figure of protestation - similar to its more famous predecessor - is the iconic oeuvre of the artist, was recognized by its home country with an official postage stamp and was featured in a recent exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

    Like Munch's masterpiece currently at MoMA, Wozzeck had demanded attention during the museum's Polish Posters 1945-89 exhibition. The poster is also an impressive presence at the Contemporary Posters' space among the 100+ distinct contemporary/vintage CYRK posters from the world-renown Polish School of Posters. Several other images at the Design Show as well as most artists had been part of the MoMA display.

    The Polish School of Posters [post World War II (1945) until the fall of Communism (1989)] is recognized as the best in contemporary poster art - comparable to the genius of France's La Belle Époque of the 1890s. Encouraged and supported by the Communist government, the artists of the Polish School of Posters were commissioned to create posters on specified themes: CYRK [the quintessential posters of the Polish School] as well as exhibit, film, jazz, Jewish, opera, theater and all aspects of the government-run cultural media.

    In addition to the CYRK posters, also on view are: a documentary film, Freedom on the Fence, about the Polish School of Posters that was playing at the MoMA installation; an original painting (maquette) from which a poster was created; and two posters for recent Contemporary Posters' California exhibits which are complimentary to customers as part of a special show promotion.

    Jan Lenica (1928-2001) was one of the leading poster artists of Poland during the Cold War era. His style is known for its dramatic color contrasts, flowing linear technique and provocative character joining the real and surreal. Wozzeck, with its red and black undulating lines, epitomizes Lenica's art combining the harmonic musicality of Berg's opera with the exquisite decorativeness of Art Noveau and the ubiquitous anguished cry of the figure.

    CYRK… art is original limited-edition posters, priced from $125 to $1800 - with most in the $150-$575 range. And, like all fine vintage posters, CYRK… art is linen-backed - a labor-intensive process which maintains a poster's integrity. Posters are in mint/near mint condition, measure 27" x39" and were printed in Poland by agencies of the Communist government.

    Enc: MoMA press release
    contact info: Contemporary Posters, Ylain G Mayer (212) 724-7722 art@contemporaryposters.com website-www.contemporaryposters.com
    Contemporary Posters -a division of Prior Products Inc.,a New York company founded in 1933- specializes in the art of the Polish School of Posters


    News Release: 2/12

    Decorating with CYRK… art @ Home Design Show

    Architectural Digest Home Design Show
    Pier 94 (12th Av. & 55th St.), March 22nd–25th

    CYRK… art was used effectively to convert a Fire Island home from a dull non-descript collection of rooms to an exciting interior space. The owners aptly described the transformation : "… your posters are the best part of our new home. We had bland white walls, lots of minimally furnished space -- your posters made the space vibrant. They really pop against the mostly neutral background. We love them!" Decorating with CYRK… art will be the theme of the Contemporary Posters' exhibit at the 2012 New York Architectural Digest Home Design Show.

    CYRK… art, original contemporary/vintage posters from the world renowned Polish School of Posters, [post World War II (1945) until the fall of Communism (1989)] is recognized as the best in contemporary poster art - comparable to France's La Belle Époque of the 1890s. Encouraged and supported by the Communist government, the artists of the Polish School of Posters were commissioned to create posters on specified themes: CYRK [the quintessential posters of the Polish School] as well as exhibit, film, jazz, Jewish, opera, theater and all aspects of the government-run cultural media.

    CYRK… art is a striking and affordable way to enhance any room in your home or office. Whether placed singly or in a group, CYRK… posters, with their compelling graphic images and wide range of styles, subjects, messages and coloring lend themselves to countless locations. Styles range from real to surreal, subjects from abstract to animals, coloring from pale to psychedelic and messages from clear to cryptic.

    CYRK… art is original limited-edition posters, priced from $125 to $1500 - with most in the $160-$575 range. And, like all fine vintage posters, CYRK… art is linen-backed - a labor intensive process which maintains a poster's integrity. Posters are in mint condition, measure approximately 27" x39" and were printed in Poland by agencies of the cold-war Communist government.

    Contemporary Posters, a division of Prior Products Inc., founded in 1933, is a New York company specializing in the art of the Polish School.
    contact info: Contemporary Posters, Donald S Mayer (212) 724-7722 art@contemporaryposters.com website: www.contemporaryposters.com


    News Release: 1/11

    CYRK… art –seen at MoMA exhibit– @ Home Design Show

    Architectural Digest Home Design Show
    Pier 94 (12th Av. & 55th St.), March 18th–20th


    Mona Lisa (1970)
    by Maciej Urbaniec
     
    Mona Lisa (1970) by Maciej Urbaniec - part of a MoMA 2009 exhibit - is one of the 100+ original CYRK… vintage posters to be offered for sale by Contemporary Posters at the 2011 New York Architectural Digest Home Design Show. The six month Museum of Modern Art show entitled Polish Posters 1945-89 featured a selection from the museum's collection which "typify the striking look and bold spirit of Polish poster design" many of which "carried powerful, oblique commentaries on the designers' political surroundings."*

    The Polish School of Posters [post World War II (1945) until the fall of Communism (1989)] is recognized as the best in contemporary poster art - comparable to the genius of France's La Belle Époque of the 1890s. Encouraged and supported by the Communist government, the artists of the Polish School of Posters were commissioned to create posters on specified themes: CYRK (the quintessential posters of the Polish School) as well as exhibit, film, jazz, Jewish, opera, theater and all aspects of the government-run cultural media.

    Maciej Urbaniec (1925-2004) was one of the leading artists of Poland during the Cold War era. His style, as seen in Mona Lisa, conveys simple and powerful messages through an ingenious humorous methodology with artistic metaphors. In Mona Lisa, Urbaniec conveys his concept of a post-Communist ideal society which would combine the esoteric art of Leonardo da Vinci with the more mundane art of the circus. As a tribute to the popularity of this poster, the Republic of Poland issued a postage stamp in 2002 bearing its image.

    CYRK… art is original limited-edition posters, priced from $125 to $1800 - with most in the $150-$575 range. And, like all fine vintage posters, CYRK… art is linen-backed - a labor intensive process which maintains a poster's integrity. Posters are in excellent condition, measure 27" x39" and were printed in Poland by agencies of the Communist government.

    *MoMA press release – att

    contact info: Contemporary Posters, Donald S Mayer (212) 724-7722
    art@contemporaryposters.com
    www.contemporaryposters.com


    Click below for full MoMA release.
     


    News release: 11/10

    CYRK… poster art @ Daniel Aubry Gallery, Beacon, NY


    2nd annual exhibit of original contemporary art posters of the Polish School of Posters

    The Daniel Aubry Gallery
    426 Main Street, Beacon NY
    Dec. 12th - extended to Feb 12th, 2010

    Posters of the world-famous Polish School of Posters will be on view at the Daniel Aubry Gallery from November 13th – December 31st, 2010 . It is the gallery's 2nd exhibit and 1st large-scale exhibit of original posters from the golden age of Polish poster art (1950s-1980s).

    Also on view will be a DVD showing a documentary film about the Polish School of Posters entitled Freedom on the Fence which was part of the MoMA installation.

    The Polish School of Posters [post World War II (1945) until the fall of Communism (1989)] is recognized as the best in contemporary poster art - comparable to France's La Belle Époque of the 1890s. It was encouraged and supported by the government under Communism which employed more than 75 Polish artists to create posters on specified themes: CYRK (the quintessential posters of the Polish School of Posters) as well as exhibit, film, jazz, Jewish, opera, theater, etc.

    CYRK… art are original limited-edition posters, priced from $125 to $1800 - with most in the $150-$475 range. Posters are in excellent condition, measure 27" x39" and were printed in Poland by agencies of the Communist government. And, like all fine vintage posters, CYRK… art is linen-backed - a labor intensive process which maintains a poster's integrity ($75+ retail value).


    News release: 4/09

    3rd Annual Polish Poster Festival in LA

    Polish Jewish Theater contemporary art posters at LA Polish Restaurant

    Original contemporary art posters of the world-famous Polish School of Posters created for the Kaminski Jewish Theater in Warsaw are on view in Los Angeles at the Weidman Gallery from April 25 – June 15, 2009. The current exhibit of original posters from the golden age of Polish poster art (1950s-1980s) is even bigger and more exciting than last year's inaugural single gallery presentation.

    The Polish Poster Festival LA, encompasses the art of the most popular genres of the Polish School: Jewish, jazz, CYRK, film, exhibit and entertainment (theater, opera & music) . In addition, film posters are on display at Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatre in conjunction with the Polish Film Festival LA as well as other Laemmle Theatres as part of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival. Posters can also be seen at Warszawa Restaurant, Santa Monica.

    This year's promotional poster by the Polish/American artist Leonard Konopelski is based on the design of the previous two years It will be shown at the gala opening of the Polish Film Festival LA as well as other places throughout Los Angeles.

    The Weidman Gallery has been featuring contemporary and vintage posters as well as custom framing since 1963. Its current location in trendy West Hollywood is a 5000 square foot facility at 7772 Santa Monica Boulevard (www.weidmangallery.com).

    The Polish Poster Festival LA was organized by Contemporary Posters, New York (www.contemporaryposters.com) a company specializing in the art of the Polish School of Posters.

    The posters date primarily from the Communist period, an era of award-winning poster art in Poland.. Under Communism, the government employed artists to create posters on various subjects including the state-controlled media: theater, opera, film, circus, etc. With the encouragement and sponsorship of the Soviet supported regime, these artists became recognized as the best in contemporary poster art, possessing a genius comparable to France's La Belle Époque of the 1890s. All posters are original, limited editions, priced from $135 and linen-backed (as are all fine antique vintage posters).

    For further information contact Contemporary Posters: 212 724-7722

     

    News Release: 3/09

    'Stimulus pricing' for CYRK... art @ Home Design Show

    CYRK... affordable original art – to achieve great design!

    Contemporary Posters' booth #866 at the New York Architectural Digest/Home Design Show, March 26th–29th, Pier 94 (12th Av. & 55th St.), will display 100+ different original contemporary/vintage CYRK… posters including many rare (one-of-a-kind) posters) from the world renowned Polish School of Posters. Many posters will have their prices slashed to as much as 50% to 'stimulate' sales.

    Decorating with art is a well-recognized way of creating unique and attractive surroundings. CYRK… posters, with their compelling graphic images and wide range of styles, subjects, messages & coloring lend themselves to various & countless locations. Styles range from real to surreal, subjects from abstract to animals, coloring from pale to psychedelic and messages from clear to cryptic. And, as art primarily of the 1950s-80s, CYRK… posters are perfect in modernist interiors.

    On view, also, will be a DVD showing a documentary film about the Polish School of Posters entitled Freedom on the Fence, contest winning photos of posters in various home and office settings as well as two posters designed by Leonard Konopelski, an artist of the Polish School of Posters, for recent Contemporary Posters' California exhibits. In addition, there will be original paintings from which two 1970s posters were created.

    The Polish School of Posters [post World War II (1945) until the fall of Communism (1989)] is recognized as the best in contemporary poster art - comparable to France's La Belle Époque of the 1890s. It was encouraged and supported by the government under Communism which employed more than 75 Polish artists to create posters on specified themes: CYRK (the quintessential posters of the Polish School of Posters) as well as exhibit, film, jazz, Jewish, opera, theater, etc.

    CYRK… original. affordable, art posters measure approximately 27"w x 39"h and are priced from $95 to $1800 with most posters in the $150 - $450 range. Posters were printed in Poland from 1950-1989 in limited quantities, by agencies of the government and are in mint condition. And, like all fine vintage posters, CYRK… art is linen-backed - a labor intensive process which maintains a poster's current characteristics ($75+ retail value).

    Contemporary Posters' mission is to promote contemporary posters as an art form in the U.S.; in other countries, they are well recognized and collected as art.

    Contemporary/vintage posters-are the antique/vintage posters of tomorrow...the art investment for the future!

    Contemporary Posters, Prior Products Inc., 115 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023-4198 USA
    (212) 724-7722 • fax (212) 724-8733
    www.contemporaryposters.com • art@contemporaryposters.com


    News Release: 2/09

    Jewish/Polish Poster Exhibition To Open At Westchester JCC

    Palmer and Rockland Avenue
    Mamaroneck, NY 10543
    February 22-Mid June

    A powerful collection of Jewish-Polish Poster Art will be on display in the art gallery at the Westchester Jewish Center, in Mamaroneck, beginning February 22nd. Dating from post World War II to the 1990s, these vintage/antique posters are on loan from Contemporary Posters, a Polish Poster concern in New York.

    After World War II, many Polish museums and galleries had been destroyed or closed and the wooden fences that hemmed building sites took their place. During this postwar period through the 1980s, the simple metaphors and emotional, political commentary inherent in Poster art flourished at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. The line between art and design blurred. Using commonly understood ironies and various degrees of symbolism, Polish posters not only became a national tradition, they dominated their genre, promoting art exhibits, films, opera and theater.

    In the years of Communist rule in the late 1940s and 50s, posters were used as Soviet propaganda but also moved poster design further into the realm of fine art. The most highly-acclaimed of these posters centered around the circus, or CYRK, and were known for their painterly, vibrant gestures, hand-lettering and humor, as well as their subtle messages. But another theme emerged as important to the medium: Jewish art. After the decimation of Poland's Jewish community during the Holocaust, the Communist government displayed a strong interest in the Jewish arts and commissioned many posters centering on Jewish themes. (Jewish culture had always been an integral part of Polish culture.) Communist rule in 1960s led to the State taking over as controller of the poster machine while further elevating the role of culture in public life. Education in poster design spread among Polish art schools and national poster competitions abounded, attracting artists in print-making, photography, illustration, sculpture and painting. The state-controlled E.R. Kaminski National Jewish Theater, which was formed soon after the WWII, began commissioning posters in the 1970s to accompany many of their productions. Startling and aggressive designs that provoked and surprised became de rigueur.

    The free market economy that emerged in Poland in the 1990s changed the role of the poster. Commercialism supplanted art. Posters became mainly advertising vehicles. Polish Poster Art originality faded. The rise of capitalism led to the demise of the Golden Age of the Polish School of Posters, but it also bred a revitalization of Jewish culture and a forum for the continued production of award-winning poster art, a practice that continues to this day.

    Programs in association with the Jewish-Polish Poster exhibition are as follows:
    March 19: We are pleased to offer a group rate for tickets to the Broadway show "Irena's Vow" starring Tovah Feldshuh—the true story of a Polish Catholic housekeeper who risked her life to harbor twelve Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. Our tickets are for the evening performance. The ticket price is $49; please contact Susie Antweil at 914-833-0599 or mrantweil@aol.com by March 2nd.)

    March 25: Two documentary films about the Jewish-Polish population in Poland, of then and now. Courtesy of JemGlo films, at Westchester Jewish Center, Rockland and Palmer Aves., Mamaroneck, NY. 914-698-2960

    April 30: Klezmer night with Yale Strom, world-renowned musician, storyteller and film maker. 7:30 pm at WJC.


    News Release: 4/08