Ivan Chermayeff, ‘PERESTROIKA/GLASNOST AKA GORBY'S HEAD (SIGNED)’, 1991, Alpha 137 Gallery
Ivan Chermayeff, ‘PERESTROIKA/GLASNOST AKA GORBY'S HEAD (SIGNED)’, 1991, Alpha 137 Gallery

This very rare, iconic silk-screened poster was designed by Ivan Chermayeff in 1991 and was widely published in the design annuals that year. The poster celebrated Glasnost and Perestroika, and became widely known as "Gorbachev's Head", or, more colloqually, "Gorby's Head." The poster was unsigned. However, exceptionally, in 2012, the publisher - Serigrafia/Ambassador Arts - discovered a few remaining ones in a flat file, and Ivan Chermayeff agreed to sign them. It is really extraordinary and very rare to find this poster signed. Our provenance is impeccable as we acquired this directly from the owner of Serigrafia. A prolific designer, illustrator, and artist, Ivan has created memorable, iconic images for literally hundreds of clients. He is a founding partner of Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv, a leading graphic design firm in the fields of corporate identity, brand development and logo design. Chermayeff's trademarks, posters, publications and art installations for contemporary buildings are widely recognized and have received nearly every award bestowed by the profession, including gold medals from the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Society of Illustrators. Did you know that Chermayeff design the logo for MOMA (the Museum of Modern Art), Pan Am,. The Hirshhorn Museum, MOCA Los Angeles, and the Smithsonian - among many others? Extremely rare when signed.

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Signature: Boldly signed in pencil by Ivan Chermayeff. One of only a handful of known signed copies.

Acquired directly from Serigrafia/Ambassador Arts, Chermayeff's publisher, who secured Chermayeff's signature in 2012, for this iconic 1991 poster.

About Ivan Chermayeff

Although Ivan Chermayeff rotates through various mediums, his strengths as a designer and illustrator are equally present in his collage and printmaking methods. A cofounder of the design firm Chermayeff & Geismar, credited with producing the now-iconic American logos for companies such as NBC, PBS, Mobile Oil, and The Museum of Modern Art, Chermayeff simplifies an infinite breadth of information into single symbols. His collages require a same sense of witty assemblage, where gathered information, like scraps of paper, stamps, and Polaroid pictures combine as fragmented clues to a greater message. The collages often take the shape of people, whose facial features are born of scraps and daily ephemera. They are amusing and infinitely thought-provoking; as Chermayeff has said, “Collages make it possible for everything to be something else.”

British, b. 1932