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Poster, Letter to Jeffery Barnes, Ryder Gallery, Chicago from Pentagram, 1981

This is a Poster. It was designed by Dan Friedman and from the office of Pentagram. It is dated 1981 and we acquired it in 1997. Its medium is offset lithograph on white, simulated laid, wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This object was donated by Ken Friedman. It is credited Gift of Ken Friedman.

Its dimensions are

75.6 x 58.4 cm (29 3/4 x 23 in. )

It is inscribed

Imprinted in red upper right: Pentagram Design / 212 Fifth Avenue / New York NY 10010 / Telephone 212-683 700 / Telex 428541 / Pentagram Design / 61 North Warf Road / London W2 1LA / Telephone 01-402 5511 / Telex 8952000 / Pentagram Design SA / Stapferstrasse 43 / 8006 Zurich / Telefon 01-363-0340 / Telex 57905 Inprinted in black the letter reads: Please forward the letter to your friends in Chicago as an invitation / to an exhibition of letterheads designed by the graphic design partners / and associates of Pentagram to be held at the Ryan Gallery, from 29 June / to 31 July, 1981 from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm daily, Monday through Friday or / by appointment anytime. We understand that the opening will be held the / evening of 29 June, from 5:30 to 7:30 and that refreshments will be served. / Colin and Peter will be there. / We Have chosen the hundred letterheads from the many that we have designed / over the past ten years going back before the company changed its name / to Pentagram. We have selected personal letterheads designed for our / architectural and industrial design partners, Theo Crosby and Kenneth / Grange; letterheads for friends who run small businesses, and letterheads / which are a part of stationary systems, for large and small corporate clients. / We have preferred examples which we think are in some way witty or at the / time they were designed, innovative. / We hope that those who visit the exhibition will find it at least interesting / but at best entertaining. / Yours sincerely, / Alan Fletcher / Colin Forbes / Dan Friedman / Peter Harrison / David Hillman / Mervyn Kurlansky / John McConnell / George Staehelin Imprinted in black lower right corner: Printing Courtesy of Bradley Printing Co.

Cite this object as

Poster, Letter to Jeffery Barnes, Ryder Gallery, Chicago from Pentagram, 1981; Designed by Dan Friedman (American, 1945–1995); offset lithograph on white, simulated laid, wove paper; 75.6 x 58.4 cm (29 3/4 x 23 in. ); Gift of Ken Friedman; 1997-19-230

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