Chris Garland, ‘Chicago City Store Memphis Poster  1983’, 1983, The Modern Archive
Chris Garland, ‘Chicago City Store Memphis Poster  1983’, 1983, The Modern Archive

Four color process with DayGlo Pink and overall varnish on 14 pt card stock. In pristine condition. Sold unframed only and shipped flat.

Rare Poster. This Limited Edition Version is an exclusive offering directly from archives of the designer, Chris Garland. Ten examples are available from the original limited edition with the CITY logo silkscreened in phosphorescent ink, hand-signed at bottom in black marker by the designer. The original poster was printed in a total press run of 500, and only 50 of these silkscreened versions were ever produced. Offered at only $995. unframed.

CITY store was waiting for publicity photos to arrive from the Memphis studio in promote the Memphis Collection at for-the-trade open house event in conjunction with Neocon/Chicago. The photos never arrived. Chris Garland of Xeno Design was asked to create a poster without product images and have it printed and delivered in one week. As a concept, he chose to stylize the Chicago Picasso sculpture with a Memphis-like appearance. In collaboration with illustrator David Csicsko, work began on Friday and mechanical art was delivered to the printer Monday. The image is not a drawing; it's all hand cut overlays - one for each color of ink. No proof was made in advance of going on press. Delivery was made later that week.
The City event was a hit with 4 or 5 of the designers from Memphis/Milano showing up unexpectedly. Posters were carried back to Milan and put on display in their studios.

Series: This from the edition of 50 hand screened with phosphorescent ink - 450 without special ink making a total of only 500 printed.

Signature: Hand-signed at bottom in black marker by the designer.

Image rights: The Modern Archive

Traveled with the U.S. Memphis exhibition from Memphis, TN to the Cooper Hewitt in New York. Often used in movie sets. The most famous use was in the movie About Last Night, set in Chicago.

Acquired directly from designer's archive

About Chris Garland

American, b. 1951, Lexington, Massachusetts, based in Palm Desert, California