If your coffee table has been missing something, luckily there have been two new volumes of poster art produced, one featuring posters developed by the WPA, the other an international collection of movie poster art.
Posters for the People: The Art of the W.P.A. (Quirk Books) was written by Ennis Carter of the W.P.A. Living Archive, which is actively engaged in tracking down as many of the 35,000 known designs produced. This wonderful book includes about 500 of the 900 catalogued by the Library of Congresswhich presently holds the largest collection. Additionally, the proceeds from this book are employed to further the work of the Living Archivewhich claims to be the largest online exhibitor of these historic works. Whichneed I point out?is a good thing.
Sam Sarowitz, owner of Manhattan’s Posteritati Gallery, which reportedly holds a famous collection of poster art, contributed to this impressive and massive Art of the Modern Movie Poster: International Postwar Style and Design along with designers Judith Salavetz and Spencer Drate and film authority Dave Kehr.
In this tome, 1,500 reproductions of post-Second World War movie poster art, spanning the moviemaking world (sorted by the 15 major moviemaking nations), represents an opulence of visual information as well as a chronicle of film history from the mid-20th century.
Both volumes are of the oversized, coffee-table variety, and are well-printed, well-designed representations of the imaginative possibilities of poster artnow all you may need is a coffee table.