This is Jack. He’s been fascinated – obsessed, really – with poster art, the commercial graphic arts in general, and the culture of poster art collection for his entire life.
Today he’s recognized around the world as the foremost authority in the field.
He’s authored, either solo or in collaboration, two dozen books on poster art, including catalogue raisonnés for Leonetto Cappiello and Alphonse Mucha; studies on bicycle and circus posters and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West; his Posters of the Belle Epoque has sold over 30,000 copies and is in its third printing. He’s currently at work on the definitive catalogue of Edward Penfield’s graphic art. He was the consultant on Time-Life Books for the poster section of the Collectibles Encyclopedia.
Jack has organized poster exhibitions in museums around the U.S., including the Lincoln Center Museum for the Performing Arts, Radio City Music Hall, the French Embassy, as well as in bank and commercial buildings in New York and Chicago and in several Japanese museums. He was consultant to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Belle Epoque” show in 1982-83.
Posters from his extensive personal collection have formed an integral part of museum exhibitions, and he has contributed to their catalogues as well. They include “Timeless Images” (Japan), “Images of an Era” (Smithsonian), “Lautrec and his Contemporaries” (Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables), “Alphonse Mucha: The Spirit of Art Nouveau” (toured 7 cities, beginning at the San Diego Museum of Art), “Looping the Loop—Posters of Flight” (Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.), “The Artist and the Camera: Degas to Picasso” (Dallas Museum of Art, Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain), and “Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama” (the Jewish Museum of New York).
Jack is the curator of the Ivan Lendl Collection of Alphonse Mucha — which is now the world’s most important collection of this artist’s work — and organized exhibitions of it at the Matsuzakaya Museum in Tokyo in 1986 and at the Museé de Publicité in Paris in 1989.
Jack began his formal entrance into the world of posters more than 35 years ago, by organizing the first all-poster auctions in the United States, beginning with a series at Phillips in 1979. In 1984 he founded Poster Auctions International and has been dedicated to that purpose ever since.
He has lectured extensively on the subject of poster art, from Warsaw to Paris, New York and California.
We welcome you to the house that Jack built.
Terry has managed sales, billing and finances for Rennert’s Gallery for 31 years, and is an expert on poster provenance. She is happy to help you with all inquiries on consignments, auctions, billing, and framing options for your purchase.