Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Report from NYC: SVA Subway Posters

Anyone who has ridden the NYC subway has probably noticed the eye-catching posters advertising the School of Visual Arts.


I went searching for one online recently after I fell in love with a poster designed by Gail Anderson that had the words "If someone says you shouldn't, ask them who should" in bold, free-hand lettering. I couldn't find it anywhere but I did discover that you can buy previous subway posters directly from the SVA.

Here are a few by graphic design guru Milton Glaser:



Thomas Woodruff's posters sprinkled a bit of fairy dust on the grimy subway platforms. I think they would make beautiful pictures in a child's bedroom:


Different designers have interpreted the "Art is..." theme in interesting ways:



Frank Young

I'm hoping that the Gail Anderson poster joins these others on the SVA website soon. Did any other New Yorkers have fantasies about stealing that poster?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Woodruff posters were up during 9/11. The were a solace to us all seeing this artists magical world.

Stephen Scott said...

We've got a poster advertising a Goya exhibition hanging in our living room - we pulled it off the wall in the London Underground on the way home from that same exhibition (1994) and then ran like hell.
Fantastic memories...