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Happy Sad Ugly Pretty: Baltimore Theatre Project Posters by David Plunkert 2003-2020
September 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm$7.00 – $15.00
David Plunkert will show and discuss his ongoing theater poster work created from 1985 to the present. There will be time at the end for a Q+A as well as a signing of the newly released book Happy Sad Ugly Pretty: Baltimore Theatre Project Posters by David Plunkert 2003-2020.
About the Artist
David Plunkert is an art director, designer, and illustrator at Spur Design which he co-founded in 1995 in Baltimore, Maryland.
In addition to Baltimore Theatre Project, Dave’s clients have included: Adidas, Adobe, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Criterion Collection, Gatorade, Johns Hopkins University, the Maryland Institute College of Art, Motorola, MTV Networks, Nike, Patton Oswalt, Penguin Random House, Steppenwolf Theatre, Sony, They Might Be Giants, Yo-Yo Ma, and The United States Postal Service.
Plunkert’s illustrations have appeared on the covers of Barron’s, Businessweek, How, Foreign Affairs, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The New York Times Book Review, and The Wall Street Journal among others. His August 28th, 2017 cover of The New Yorker titled “Blowhard” received national media coverage, and was named “Magazine Cover of The Year” by The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) in 2018. He has been awarded multiple silver and gold medals from The Society of Illustrators in New York.
His posters are in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, The University of California Design Museum, Poster House NY, and the Museum für Kunst und Gerwebe in Hamburg, and have also been privately collected. In 2009 his poster for The Dungeon Masters was awarded “Best Poster” at The South by Southwest Festival. His posters were included in the biennial poster exhibition, Masters of the USA held in Bolivia in 2020.
His latest book Happy Sad Ugly Pretty: Baltimore Theatre Project Posters by David Plunkert 2003-2020 published in collaboration with Baltimore Theatre Project was released this year.
Chris Ware put it like this: “Plunkert’s images start their engines and run smoothly, propelling one into a mental landscape that gets more tangled and complex the longer one looks.”