Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Urban Skyline - Emek, New York City, 2012

Artist: Emek
Type: Gig Poster
Print: Silkscreen
Size: 25 x 30
Event Date: 9.28-29.2012
Venue: Roseland Ballroom – New York City, NY
Signed, numbered edition of 99

This one has all the makings of a real wallet-buster: small edition, popular artist, legendary venue in a major city, and glow-in-the-dark inks to boot. Yet this poster is pretty available in several places online. Why?

Well, first there’s the “official” Stanley Donwood poster that was created for this show in an edition of only 44 prints by the band’s official artist, signed, numbered, and embossed. That’s heavy competition for “official” poster for the gig.

Second, the poster is a very non-standard size. I, like many collectors, keep my posters in a large art portfolio that measures 24 x 36. At 30 x 25, this poster is just barely too big to fit in it. So you really only have two options with this one: frame it or find a way to store it. I keep mine between two pieces of foam core held together with binder clips with my other larger prints. And I resent that fact – this thing should be displayed. I may end up selling just on principle.

Apart from that, the printing is excellent, the detail in the clouds is outstanding (“broken hearts make it rain” was still four years away, btw), and it’s spot-on thematically.

1 comment:

  1. I was simply amazed at the architecture of this absolutely beautiful venue!! The environment was unbelievable. I was fortunate enough to visit event venues Chicago like this, we found awesome things one after another after another.