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Adventure, Romance and the Conquest of the Air
October 4, 2016 at 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Adventure, Romance and the Conquest of the Air: Pan Am’s Timeless Posters of the 1930s
Come join gallery owner Jim Lapides and staff for a talk and gallery walk through of our new exhibition: “Adventure, Romance and the Conquest of the Airways: Pan Am’s Timeless Posters of the 1930s”, featuring rare posters that captured the remarkable golden era of Pan Am’s “Clipper Ships”. The show will be on view in our Newbury Street gallery in Boston, opening on September 20.
In the 1930s, Pan Am refined the art of public relations to make flying sound romantic, when it was really noisy and dangerous. The advent of the Clipper Ships early in the decade made flying safe and luxurious, and Pan Am capitalized quickly by hiring a gifted artist, P.G Lawler, to design several stunning posters from 1937 to 1939.
To this day, these posters are considered the Holy Grail of airline poster art, one of the most sought after categories of poster collecting. “We are extraordinarily lucky to feature thirteen of the earliest and most important posters from Pan Am in this exhibition”, states Jim Lapides, President of International Poster Gallery. “I dare anyone to be surrounded by these posters and not be swept to places long ago and far away.”
Be sure to check out the other events happening on Newbury Street all ArtWeek-long!