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Poster, Tyson

This is a Poster. It was designed by Mark Gowing and subject: Mike Tyson and made for (as the client) Hopscotch Films. It is dated 2010 and we acquired it in 2014. Its medium is digital print on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This poster was designed to advertise the film Tyson, a documentary about the controversial and legendary boxer Mike Tyson. The critically-acclaimed film directed by James Toback, closely follows Tyson’s career and personal life through lengthy interviews and archival footage. For his poster design, Mark Gowing adapted elements from the graphic traditions of the boxing industry, striving to depict Tyson as an “Icon.” Gowing created squat, broad letterforms and stacked them to form the title of the film, with the subtitle appearing beside the final letter. To fill the space of the letters, Gowing selected from a set of twelve stills photographed during the film’s production. Since the film had been produced on a tight budget, most of the images were of poor quality, forcing Gowing to crop his selected photograph tightly. The resulting image is one of bold power, with Tyson’s image and name shown as one.

This object was donated by Mark Gowing. It is credited Gift of Mark Gowing.

Its dimensions are

100 × 69 cm (39 3/8 × 27 3/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Poster, Tyson; Designed by Mark Gowing (Australian, b. 1970); Subject: Mike Tyson (American, b. 1966); Client: Hopscotch Films; Australia; digital print on paper; 100 × 69 cm (39 3/8 × 27 3/16 in.); Gift of Mark Gowing; 2014-32-3

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