Saturday, May 15, 2010

Art & Culture: The Small Stakes: Music Posters by Jason Munn

Though Jason Munn’s name is not particularly well known, if you’re a fan of contemporary music, you’ve most likely seen his work. Munn has designed posters for Broken Social Scene, Beck, The Decemberists, Cat Power, Wilco, Built to Spill, Ben Harper, The Flaming Lips, the Pixies and many others.

Munn’s work is powerful. Understated. Beautifully contained. As Jay Ryan says in an introduction to an interview with the artist that opens the book, “Jason touches on traditions of good design and shows a sense of economy and restraint that is lacking in much of today’s visual world.”

In The Small Stakes: Music Posters (Chronicle Books) over 150 of Munn’s silkscreened posters are beautifully reproduced in their full, iconic glory. Fans of design and music will want to take note: this is a celebration of the work of a significant artist who has channeled his passion to a field that obviously means a great deal to him.

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