According to the New York Times, the posters were collected by Susan Pack, a graphics historian and the author of “Film Posters of the Russian Avant-Garde,” who sold them two years ago.
The unidentified buyer is displaying them in the gallery in an exhibit titled “Revolutionary Film Posters: Aesthetic Experiments of Russian Constructivism, 1920-1933.”
The Times says that none of the posters on display is for sale, but that the owner is selling some duplicates for $8,000 to $200,000.
The gallery has more than 100 images of the posters on its website and they are stunning. It’s particularly interesting to see foreign interpretations of Hollywood, such as this poster for what appears to be Harold Lloyd’s “Safety Last” but is translated by the gallery as “Seventh Heaven.”
The exhibit ends July 30.
Photo: “Seventh Heaven” Credit: Tony Shafrazi Gallery