Jane Dickson and Charlie Ahearn, Times Square Show Poster, 1980. Image by Dickson; poster design by Dickson and Ahearn. Silkscreen and white paint on paper. 22 1/2 x 28 1/2 in.
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This poster by Charlie Ahearn and Jane Dickson is the largest and most sought after of the posters made for the landmark Times Square Show.
The Times Square Show took place in June 1980 in a former massage parlor on 41st Street discovered by Tom Otterness and John Ahearn who proposed renting the location for an exhibition. The idea for the show quickly spread and participation expanded way beyond COLAB to include hundreds of other artists from around the city. Critics proclaimed the exhibition a watershed event and it received massive press coverage. In 2012 the exhibition was the subject for the retrospective exhibition Time Square Show Revisited at the Hunter College galleries. In reviewing this show the respected art critic Robert Pincus-Witten wrote in the December 2012 issue of ArtForum:
“Were we to have the beer-stained napkin upon which was scrawled the brainstorming list of the participants in, say the Salon des Refusés or the first Impressionist exhibition….imagine how precious such scraps would be. It may yet seem a stretch to equate the Time Square Show of the the spring and summer of 1980 with these epochal undertakings….But it seems to me that the ephemera generated by this sprawling Pictures-era conclave, from handbills to broadsides to stray snapshots and videos are infused with the same talismanic quality.”
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