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Count Basie and Stan Getz

Count Basie and Stan Getz
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Artist
Seymour Chwast, born 1931
Sitter
Count Basie, 21 Aug 1904 - 26 Apr 1984
Stan Getz, 2 Feb 1927 - 6 Jun 1991
Date
1963
Type
Print
Medium
Color photolithographic poster
Dimensions
Sheet: 93.3 x 47.9 cm (36 3/4 x 18 7/8")
Topic
Poster
Commercial\Advertisement
Count Basie: Male
Count Basie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Count Basie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Count Basie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Count Basie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Bandmaster
Count Basie: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Stan Getz: Male
Stan Getz: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Stan Getz: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Saxophonist
Stan Getz: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Jack Rennert
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Seymour Chwast
Object number
NPG.2007.166
Exhibition Label
"Polish was the keynote of a jazz concert by the Stan Getz Quartet and Count Basie's orchestra," a New York Times reviewer wrote on November 28, 1963, noticing that Getz imbued even the gentlest phrases with "a sinew and mettle that keep them alive and vigorous." Seymour Chwast's innovative poster, echoing the vitality and assurance of the renowned jazz musicians, advertised the concert with cartoonish figures, green skin tones, and a blue horn. Chwast, along with Milton Glaser and other graphic artists, founded Push Pin Studios in 1954. Despite different styles, they all sought an integration of illustration, design, and typography, and were attracted, as Glaser noted, to things "orthodox modernism" despised, including ornamentation and hand-drawn pictures. Going against the grain of photographic magazine illustration and minimalist abbreviation in corporate advertising, Push Pin Studios introduced a fresh and influential approach to poster art and graphic design.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery