CLAUDE TOUSIGNANT "MONTREAL 1976" OLYMPIC POSTER
An impressive number of high profile artists have designed olympics posters:
David Hockney for the LA Olympics 1984, Josef Albers for Munich 1972 and Martin Creed for London 2012 to list a few favorites.
The presence of the arts within the Olympics has been an important part of its legacy, both in ancient times and since its revival in 1896.
When Canada hosted the 1976 Olympics in Montreal they commissioned 10 artists from a shortlist of 300 to create posters in honor of the event.
The posters were displayed in various Olympic related venues and in libraries across the country. The posters were also given to visiting competing athletes and international dignitaries as gifts.
What is especially exciting is that most of the examples from the series had little to do with sport or nationalism. Almost all the posters are abstract works. Claude Tousignant's (b. 1932) contribution, one of Caviar20's favorites, inspires multiple interpretations:
Is this organized geometric design purely abstract (and a paradigm of Tousignot's style)?
Or is this a clever and stylized representation of a sports field?
Regardless, it's an amazing and highly collectable vintage Olympic poster.
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Lithograph print poster.
35"H 24.5"W (unframed)
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