By now, it should come as no surprise that we are big on living spaces and huge fans of wall art. Remember Wall Jaunt and our quick guide to displaying wall art? This is a ‘No Bare Walls’ campaign, people! So, of course, we got excited when we learned about the idea for RINK and saw all of the gorgeous posters.
What’s Rink about, you ask? Think, a rad collection of vintage posters/art prints/catalogue posters etc. We know original art may be a tad out of reach at the moment which is why we are thanking the heavens for alternatives.
Rink’s first set is out and we’re loving every single piece. Here…
‘A Bar at the Folies-Bergère’ (Poster Print)
Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.
(For more information on the original version of this poster print which is owned by the Samuel Courtald Trust, the Courtald Gallery, London click here.)
About the Artist: Vik Muniz (Brazilian-American, born 1961) is distinguished as one of the most innovative and creative artists of our time. Endlessly playful and inventive in his approach, Muniz harnesses a remarkable virtuosity in creating his renowned “photographic delusions.” More Information here and here.
‘Girl with Ball’ (Poster Print)
Lichtenstein took the image for Girl with Ball straight from an advertisement for a hotel in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. In pirating it, however, he transformed the photographic image, using a painter’s version of the techniques of the comic strip artist. The resulting simplifications intensify the artifice of the picture, concentrating its careful evocation of fun in the sun. The girl’s round mouth is more doll-like than female; any sex appeal she had has become as plastic as her beach ball.
It is currently part of the museum collection at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. More information here.
About the Artist:
Roy Lichtenstein (1923 1997) was one of the first American Pop artists to achieve widespread renown, and he became a lightning rod for criticism of the movement. His early work ranged widely in style and subject matter, and displayed considerable understanding of modernist painting. Lichtenstein would often maintain that he was as interested in the abstract qualities of his images as he was in their subject matter. However, the mature Pop style he arrived at in 1961, which was inspired by comic strips, was greeted by accusations of banality, lack of originality, and, later, even copying. His high-impact iconic images have since become synonymous with Pop art, and his method of creating images, which blended aspects of mechanical reproduction and drawing by hand, has become central to critics’ understanding of the significance of the movement. More information here.
Pink Floyd “Back” (Catalogue Poster)
This classic picture commissioned by EMI in 1997, to cleverly advertise the release of the “back” catalogue of Pink Floyd was taken at a private indoor pool in Putney (London Borough of Wandsworth) by photographer Tony May in 1996. The nude models had the cover art of six Pink Floyd albums painted onto their backs by artist Phyllis Cohen. More information here.
About the Band:
Pink Floyd (years active 1965 – ’95, 2012 – ’14) were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Distinguished by their use of philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, extended compositions and elaborate live shows, they are one of the most commercially successful and influential groups in the history of popular music.
The Beatles (Poster Print)
This iconic photo was taken in The Beatles’ last photo session at Tittenhurst Park, in Ascot, Berkshire on the 22nd of August, 1969. The house was later bought by John Lennon and Yoko Ono as their first home together. More information here.
About the Band:
The Beatles (years active: 1960 - ’70) were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as “Beatlemania”, but as the group’s music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the counterculture of the 1960s.
‘Compagnie du Chat Noir’ (Vintage Poster)
About the Establishment:
Le Chat Noir was a nineteenth century entertainment establishment, in the bohemian Montmartre district of Paris. It opened on 18 November 1881 at 84, Boulevard Rochechouart by Radolphe Salis, and closed in 1897 not long after Salis’ death (much to the disappointment of Picasso and others who looked for it when they came to Paris for the Exposition in 1990).
Le Chat Noir is thought to be the first modern cabaret: a nightclub where the patrons sat at tables and drank alcoholic beverages while being entertained by a variety show on stage. The acts were introduced by a master of ceremonies who interacted with well known patrons at the tables. Its imitators have included cabarets from St. Petersburg (Stray Dog Café) to Barcelona (Els Quatre Gats). Perhaps best known now by its iconic Théophile Steinlen poster art, in its heyday it was a bustling nightclub that was part artist salon, part rowdy music hall. The cabaret published its own humorous journal Le Chat Noir until 1895.
‘Prada Marfa Mileage Distance’ (Poster Print)
‘Dancer in Motion’ (Poster Print)
‘Manifesto of Life’ (Poster Print)
Now here’s some really, really good news: Rink posters are available on the Nik-Nak Store! You didn’t think we were going to share such gorgeousness, whet your appetite and then leave you hanging, did you? So whether you’re upgrading your space, taking our advice and redeeming your bare walls, thinking of a house warming gift (or a ‘just because’ pressie, even)… whatever the reason, we’ve got you! Now you have no excuse. Pick up a print you like and send us a photo of how you’ve displayed it. We’d love to see.