Now available in paperback, this dynamically designed collection of posters immortalizes the contemporary American theater through the discerning eyes and dramatic brush of one of its top poster artists. Here are more than thirty-five posters along with preparatory drawings, photos, and variants produced by James McMullan from 1976 to the present, almost all of them for New York's Lincoln Center Theater. Popular and beloved images from plays from Arcadia and Carousel to Anything Goes and Six Degrees of Separation-with colorful anecdotes and personalities from Wole Soyinka and John Guare to Liv Ullmann, Wendy Wasserstein, and Mike Nichols-capture the New York theater world's essence.
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Theater posters, as producer Bernard Gerstein writes in the introduction to this sumptuous book, are a strange combination of fine art, illustration, and advertising. But all three elements are rarely combined as successfully as in James McMullan's posters, which for over twenty years have been catching the eyes of New Yorkers on billboards, subway platforms, and along the sides of buses.
McMullan has had a long-standing, fruitful relationship with Lincoln Center. While the 35 posters he developed for the Center have given it a recognizable graphic identity, they've given McMullan the opportunity to experiment and hone his craft in a medium more often the purview of advertising executives and marketing strategists. The result is a body of work that celebrates the expressive power of the human form, including the celebrated image of the yakking newspaperman from his poster for The Front Page and the saucy over-the-shoulder peek from the alluring ingenue of Anything Goes.
As an added treat, McMullan includes sketches, first drafts, photos of models, and several rejected or cropped designs, including a poster for Waiting for Godot and a portrait of Sam Waterston for Abe Lincoln in Illinois that are as good as anything in the book. With their joyous use of primary colors and dynamic capturing of actors in motion, these images are both wonderfully decorative and a fine celebration of the spontaneous excitement of live theater. --John LongenbaughAbout the Author:
James McMullan, one of America's foremost illustrators, is best known for his many acclaimed theater posters for Lincoln Center. His 1976 New York magazine cover and interior illustrations inspired the imagery of the film Saturday Night Fever. He is the author of four books and teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he lives
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