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Paperback, 7.5 x 9.5 in. / 324 pgs / 300 color.

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Catalog: FALL 2013 p. 59   

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In the Good Name of the Company: Artworks and ephemera produced by or in tandem with the Colby Printing Company

Edited by Christopher Michlig, Brian Roettinger, Jan Tumlir.

Featured posters are reproduced from <I>In the Good Name of the Company: Artworks and ephemera produced by or in tandem with the Colby Printing Company</I>.The Los Angeles–based Colby Poster Printing Company has been a friend to local artists ever since Ed Ruscha’s seminal Colby-printed announcement for the 1962 Pasadena Art Museum exhibition New Paintings of Common Objects. Their fluorescent posters have been disseminated on every high-traffic surface in the city, and their collection of over 150 wood and metal typefaces--usually bold and sans serif--are an integral part of Los Angeles’ visual aesthetic. Throughout the years, posters promoting everything from 1980s punk and heavy metal concerts to swap meets, street fairs, gun and bridal shows, local political campaigns and countless artist projects have been printed on Colby’s Heidelberg letterset press. A family-owned and operated union print shop since 1948, the Colby Poster Printing Company closed its doors forever on December 31, 2012. This book documents the print shop’s history and one of its final projects: a series of editioned posters by artists including Ruscha, Kathryn Andrews, Scott Benzel, Peter Coffin, Daniel Eatock, Eve Fowler, Jacob Kassay, Allen Ruppersberg, Andy Spade and Craig Stecyk. Printed in four neon-spot colors, this book is a unique tribute to Colby.

Featured posters are reproduced from In the Good Name of the Company: Artworks and ephemera produced by or in tandem with the Colby Printing Company.

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"With bold, black typography floated above washes of day-glow color, the Colby poster evinces a thrifty pragmatism: it is designed to catch the eye of those who pass by, in car or by foot, and then deliver its contents to them as directly as possible." - Jan Tumlir, excerpted from his essay, In the Good Name of the Company

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/7/2017

In the Good Name of the Company

In the Good Name of the Company: Artworks and ephemera produced by or in tandem with the Colby Printing Company

One thing we can all agree upon following the post-inaugural protests: when left to their own devices, Americans will make the most amazing posters. In homage to the DIY sign-bearers of the last few weeks, we're highlighting some of our favorite books on poster design. None cooler than this one, featuring 300 fluorescent reproductions of the industrial letterpress posters printed by family-owned Colby Poster Printing Company of Los Angeles from 1948 until 2012, when advances in digital printing finally shut it down. Concerts, gun shows and swap meets were among the commonly printed advertisements. But artists used the press as well. Featured here are prints by Cali Thornhill Dewitt. continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/18/2013

ARTBOOK | D.A.P. Presents an Exhibition of Colby Printing Company Posters for the NYABF

ARTBOOK | D.A.P. Presents an Exhibition of Colby Printing Company Posters for the NYABF

Visit ARTBOOK @ MOMA PS1 at the New York Art Book Fair, then stop by our satellite exhibition, In the Good Name of the Company: Artworks and ephemera produced by or in tandem with the Colby Printing Company at See.Me Gallery, just up the street at 26-19 Jackson Ave. This exhibition of posters and artworks produced by the legendary Los Angeles sign printing company is mounted in collaboration with the NYABF, PictureBox, ForYourArt and MoCAtv and curated by Jan Tumlir, Chris Michlig, Brian Roettinger, the book's editors. Advance copies of the book and a selection of the posters are available for purchase. continue to blog


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