Item #8502 Merce Cunningham and Dance Company. Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns.
Merce Cunningham and Dance Company
Merce Cunningham and Dance Company

Merce Cunningham and Dance Company. [Poster]

New York: Merce Cunningham Dance Company, 1968. Color offset-printed poster (measuring 23" x 35").

Vintage off-set lithograph poster designed by Jasper Johns for legendary American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham and his company. Founded in 1953 with composer John Cage (who would later become his life partner), the Merce Cunningham Dance Company quickly became known for its avant-garde and experimental performances that challenged conventional notions of dance. A friend of the dancer since the 1950s, Johns was his company’s artistic advisor from 1967 to 1980. After Cunningham’s death, he described him as "his favorite artist in any field" and noted the enduring impact his relationship with Cage had on his own partnership with artist Robert Rauschenberg. This poster reproduces Johns’s influential Target With Four Faces (1955), one of his earliest paintings depicting his most famous subject. Light creasing and edgewear. Near fine. Item #8502


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