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?


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...