SFMOMA Artists Gallery


June 11, 2011 – January 12, 2012


Bay Area rock poster art contemporaries Chris Shaw, Chuck Sperry, and Ron Donovan stand out amongst their predecessors in the Bay Area tradition of poster making that spans nearly 50 years. Through their prolific bodies of work, the masterful artists have brought inno­vation, invention, and new meaning to this art form. Each distinc­tively fuses propaganda, imagery, text, and historical art references with Pop and rock-poster art sensibilities to create accessible, relatable imagery that is at once empowering and undeniably populist.

Chris Shaw working in his studio

Minna Street windows

A collaborative art work involving three individually created window installations, Donovan, Shaw, and Sperry layer silkscreen, painting, collage, and mixed media to transform two-dimensional imagery into three-dimensional expression. Showing reverence for man’s commu­nicative nature, they reference the renewal of the idea that art has a purpose.

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