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SBA - Information About Silkscreens

Beginning in the early 1960s, Saul Bass commissioned the Art Krebs Studio in Los Angeles to produce hand-pulled serigraph prints featuring the original design concepts for many of his movie posters (as well as some trade ads). Since the original designs were often modified by the film studio - or , in some cases, not used at all - the silkscreen prints were created to celebrate his original vision, and they were typically sent to poster exhibitions or given as gifts to museums, friends, clients, and colleagues. As they were meant for Bass’ personal use and not intended to be sold commercially, only a small number were produced, and by the mid-1980s, most of the original prints had been depleted. At this time a second print run was commissioned from the Krebs Studio of some of the original designs, as well as a first (and only) edition of some other concept posters and trade ads that had not previously been printed.