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Paris Comes to Dallas

Posted: Oct. 24th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
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Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art will feature Posters of Paris, an intriguing look into the art and culture of France's capitol's advertisement industry from the days long past. Lasting until January of next year, the gallery features 100 lithographic ads from nearly a century ago.

Remember that time in early January 1978 when you “borrowed” that Sex Pistols concert poster from a wall at the Longhorn Ballroom? Yeah, me either. But had I been much older at the time, and had actually been there for one their very last shows, I probably would have.  Like an 1890’s Parisian with a wicked case of poster mania, or affichiomanie, I would’ve “borrowed” that poster, slapping the 24.5 x 16.5 inch three-color print of Johnny Rotten’s penetrating eyes and sarcastic sneer onto my bedroom wall to enhance its sophisticated teen-age décor and impress all my friends with my 1978 punk rock coolness.

If you love being cool, keeping up with the latest celebrity culture, and understand that advertising is art (because advertising is Art), the Dallas Museum of Art’s (DMA) current exhibit, Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec & His Contemporaries, is a show for you.


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