Salon 94 is pleased to present For the Kids, an exhibition of sports lithographs from the archives of John and Tock Costacos. Opening on Thursday, June 23rd 2011 at Salon 94 Freemans and curated by Fabienne Stephan and Adam Shopkorn, the show serves as a mini-retrospective of early Costacos posters from 1986 through 1990. In addition to these works, pieces will be presented from Jeff Koons’s first solo exhibition, Equilibrium, the 1985 show that included basketballs floating in display tanks, cast bronze standard scuba diving tanks and framed advertising posters that appropriated imagery contained in Nike advertisements that preceded the earliest Costacos work.
The Costacos Brothers were originally a sports t-shirt manufacturer, but built a reputation for “fantasy” sports posters that presented athletes in a a larger-than-life setting. Their products captured the imagination of sports fans as athletes were becoming pop stars. Unable to produce game action shots due to lack of license, they made personality posters, marrying pop culture to an athlete and his persona.
Salon 94 Freemans, is located at 1 Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002.
More Costacos posters are on view after the jump.