Saunders, Raymond: LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES [poster title]. Los Angeles: Knapp Communications Corp., [1982].

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LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES

Raymond Saunders

[Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee] Raymond Saunders: LOS ANGELES 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES [poster title]. Los Angeles: Knapp Communications Corp., [1982]. First impression. 24" x 36" [60.96 x 91.44 cm] trim size poster printed on matte paper with up to 12 colors faithfully reproducing the artists’ original compositions. Printed by Alan Lithographic Inc., Los Angeles, CA.  A fine, fresh example.

24" x 36" [60.96 x 91.44 cm] trim size poster from the The Official 1984 Olympic Fine Art Posters series. Raymond Saunders created an extremely tender personal statement of peace and love in his expressionistic heart drawing.

Carlos Almaraz, John Baldessari, Jennifer Bartlett, Lynda Benglis, Billy Al Bengston, Jonathan Borofsky, Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, April Greiman and Jayme Odgers, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Martin Puryear, Robert Rauschenberg, Raymond Saunders and Garry Winogrand were the distinguished contemporary artists chosen to produce the official Olympics posters by the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee. Collect them all!

Raymond Saunders (born 1934  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,USA) is an American artist known for his multimedia paintings which often have sociopolitical undertones, and which incorporate assemblage, drawing, collage and found text. Saunders is also recognized for his installation, sculpture, and curatorial work.

Raymond Saunders received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1960. He trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Barnes Foundationbefore going on to earn his Master of Fine Arts degree from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1961.

Saunders works in a large variety of media, but is mainly known for work that encompasses painting and transversal media juxtaposition, sometimes bordering on the sculptural (as in Pieces of Visual Thinking, 1987) but always retaining the relation to the flat wall key to modernism in painting. Saunders' painting is expressive, and often incorporates collage (mostly small bits of printed paper found in everyday life), chalked words (sometimes crossed out), and other elements that add references and texture without breaking the strong abstract compositional structure. This lends a sense of social narrative to even his abstract work which sets it apart from artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Dine, or Cy Twombly, with which it has obvious affinities.

In 1967 Saunders declared "“black is a color.”Throughout his career Saunders has questioned the premise that black artists produce something that should be uniquely identified as "black art." In his own work, he seeks to separate his practice from the restrictions of identity-driven art, "I am an Artist. I do not believe that art work should be limited or categorized by one’s racial background."

Besides his painting, Saunders in known for his late 1960s pamphlet Black is a Color arguing against metaphoric uses of the concept 'black' in both the mainstream abstract and conceptual art world and Black Nationalist cultural writing of the time.

Raymond Saunder's had his debut New York solo in 1962. In the late 60s he was represented by the Terry Dintenfass Galleryin an era when New York Galleries were almost exclusively exhibiting white men. He has exhibited internationally, spending time in Paris and exhibiting at the Latin Quarter's Galerie Resche.His international exhibits have included venues in France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Singapore, Korea, Japan, China.

His painting of Jack Johnson (1972, now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art) was used as the cover of Powell's Black Art and Culture in the 20th Century.

Raymond Saunders works are in collections including the Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center. Other collections he is included in are the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Legion of Honor (San Francisco, California), Bank of America (San Francisco, California), the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, California), Hunter College (New York, New York), Howard University (Washington, D.C.), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York), the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum (San Francisco, California), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, California), the Museum of Modern Art (New York, New York), the Oakland Museum of California (Oakland, California), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, California),the Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley, California), the Walker Art Center, (Minneapolis, Minnesota), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, New York).

In 1964 Saunders was awarded a Rome Prize Fellowship in painting. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1976 and two National Endowment for the Arts Awards the first in 1977, the second in 1984.In 1988 he was a recipient of the 9th annual Awards in the Visual Arts. — Wikipedia

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