OF THE ARTS PRESS RELEASE
Amsel: A Retrospective' at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery
Philadelphian and university alumnus created “Raiders of the Lost
Ark” and many other movie posters
This flyer promoting the
exhibit features Amsel's final comp in preparation for the
Raiders of the Lost Ark re-release poster. Art
copyright (c) Dorian Hannaway/University of the Arts.
(February 13, 2009) – To mark the acquisition of the more than
500-piece collection of illustrations and sketches of alumnus
Richard Amsel, The University of the Arts will present "Richard
Amsel: A Retrospective” at its Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery (333 S.
Broad St., Philadelphia) from April 15 – May 14.
showcases more than 50 works from the world’s largest collection
of Amsel sketches and illustrations. The show includes preliminary
studies for “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome”
movie posters; Bette Midler album covers and posters; TV Guide
cover portraits of Elvis Presley, Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson
and Katharine Hepburn, and never-before exhibited or published
sketches providing a glimpse into Amsel’s process – from initial
sketches through finished art. The exhibition and catalogue have
been made possible by a grant from the Richard C. von Hess Foundation.
A 1969 graduate
of the Philadelphia College of Art (now The University of the
Arts), Amsel created some of the most recognizable, iconic show
business-related imagery of the late 20th century before he died
in 1985. His “AMSEL” signature can be found on posters for more
than 30 major motion pictures, close to 40 TV Guide cover illustrations
and numerous album covers and concert posters.
friend of Amsel’s and the director of Late Night Programming at
CBS Television in Los Angeles for 15 years, Dorian Hannaway donated
the collection and designated it as a teaching resource for the
University of the Arts students will be inspired by seeing Richard’s
original work,” Hannaway said. “My hope is that it will educate
future generations of artists. I’m grateful that the university
is preserving his art as well as maintaining the legacy of one
of its famous alumni.”
and conserved, the collection will be made available to scholars
and researchers of illustration, film, television and American
pop culture of the 1970s and ’80s. Ultimately, the retrospective
will be made available to travel to other universities, libraries
of the retrospective is a collaborative effort among University
of the Arts Museum Studies students and faculty and entertainment
business professionals. Joe Stewart of the Emmy Award-winning
Shaffner/Stewart team, set designer for “Friends,” “Two and a
Half Men” and “Rachael Ray,” designed the multimedia environment
housing the exhibit.
of the Arts is the nation’s first and only university dedicated
to the visual, performing and communication arts. Its 2,300 students
are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs on its campus
in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts. The institution’s
roots as a leader in educating creative individuals date back
Associated Press did a writeup on the exhibit, which was
circulated everywhere from Kansas to Canada! Here's
a link to the article, as featured on The
Philadelphia Daily News article.
Philadelphia Inquirer review.
Y News & Information Channel article
& audio clip.
interviews with THE INDYCAST! Host Ed Dolista and I spoke
over two sessions about Richard Amsel's life, career, and his
unforgettable contributions to the first Indiana Jones film.
109: On April 29th, 2009, Dorian Hannaway did a radio interview
channel 109. I'm looking to get my hands
on a recording of the broadcast. Can anyone help?
AMSEL: A RETROSPECTIVE
catalog is limited in quantity, and is the definitive
resource on Amsel's work.
coincide with the exhibit, The University of the Arts produced
a special catalog, the definitive resource of the artist's
work. This beautiful, 48-page book features color illustrations
of highlights from the exhibit, some of which have never
before been published. (Not even on this site!)
are personal tributes to Amsel (from such noted celebrities
as Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin), biographical information on
the artist, and a comprehensive list of all his official movie
posters and TV Guide covers.
are extremely limited. Contact The
University of the Arts for more information.
Art and movie fans now have the opportunity to purchase special
archival prints of Richard Amsel's famous poster illustrations
Available to the public
for the first time, these beautiful, limited edition (1000 each),
high quality color digital prints are made from high resolution
digital image files color matched to the original illustration
art and printed using archival paper and inks. Each
print measures 13" x 19", and costs $60.00 + shipping
& handling. (University of the Arts students receive a discounted
price of $35.00.) These are not reproductions of the final movie
posters, but of Amsel's original art
the text and titles.
here for an order form.
on this page copyright (c) 2009 Adam McDaniel unless otherwise
Tuesday, April 13th, 2009
EDWARD BYRD LECTURE
"Bombast & Ballyhoo: The Power of the Poster",
delivered prior to the opening night festivites.
April 16th, 2009
for the lecture, Copyright (c) David Edward Byrd.
David Edward Byrd
at the podium inside Hamilton Hall.
Thursday, April 16th, 2009