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The Fight - The World Heavyweight Championship

The Fight - The World Heavyweight Championship

  • 1971
  • Celestino Piatti
  • 35 x 45 inches (88 x 114 cm)
    $350
  • Unbacked

    This poster is currently unbacked. At check out, you will be given the opportunity to add backing which would cost $200 and take approximately 4 weeks.

    Linen backing is the industry standard of conservation. Canvas is stretchered and a sheet of acid free barrier paper is laid down. The poster is then pasted to the acid free paper using an acid free paste. This process is fully reversible and gives support to the poster. A border of linen is left around the poster and can be used by a framer to mount the poster so that nothing touches the poster itself. Backing is what we recommend for framing, and for any poster needing restoration.

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  • From Rennert's Gallery "Known as "The Fight of the Century," this first boxing match between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali on March 8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden has become legendary. "A personal note: I wanted to create the poster for this fight, but Madison Square Garden, which had laready made arrangements with Leroy Neiman, refused to allow it and I could not use the name of this venue nor the name or image of the fighters. How to create a poster nonetheless? I approached the American Congress of Racial Equality, which had been permitted to hold a live closed-circuit viewing at the State Armory in Harlem, and asked if I could create a poster for that viewing. I commissioned the art from my friend, the great Swiss graphic artist, Celestino Piatti, and he provided this image -- possibly the only fight poster ever created which did not mention the fighters or the place of their fight. Free copies were given to the organizers who effectively used it to promote their event." - Jack Rennert"
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