This celebrated silk-screened print was designed by Ivan Chermayeff in 1991 and was widely published in the design annuals that year. The print celebrated Glasnost and Perestroika, and became widely known as "Gorbachev's Head", or, more colloquially, "Gorby's Head." It was unsigned. However, exceptionally, in 2012, the publisher - Serigrafia/Ambassador Arts - discovered a few remaining ones in a flat file, and Ivan Chermayeff agreed to sign them. It is really extraordinary and very rare to find this poster signed. Our provenance is impeccable as we acquired this directly from the owner of Serigrafia. A prolific designer, illustrator, and artist, Ivan has created memorable, iconic images for literally hundreds of clients. He is a founding partner of Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv, a leading graphic design firm in the fields of corporate identity, brand development and logo design. Chermayeff's trademarks, posters, publications and art installations for contemporary buildings are widely recognized and have received nearly every award bestowed by the profession, including gold medals from the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Society of Illustrators. Did you know that Chermayeff design the logo for MOMA (the Museum of Modern Art), Pan Am,. The Hirshhorn Museum, MOCA Los Angeles, and the Smithsonian - among many others? Extremely rare when signed.
Boldly signed in pencil by Ivan Chermayeff. One of only a handful of known signed copies.
Provenance: Acquired directly from Serigrafia/Ambassador Arts, Chermayeff's publisher, who secured Chermayeff's signature in 2012, for this iconic 1991 poster.