The S2 Art Group is a diversified
publisher and distributor of some of the prettiest limited
edition posters to hit the collector's market.
These posters are printed
using a "low-tech" historical lithographic process on extremely
rare antique presses. These rare 19th century presses are the same ones
that created "vintage" posters over 100 years ago. The impressions
are made one color at a time and must be pulled in perfect registration.
They are hand-numbered and recreated as genuine fine-art, limited-edition lithographs.
S2 was formed in 1996 by Jack and Carolyn Solomon (Solomon & Solomon - S2) and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. S2 now has 6 galleries, called Jack Galleries, with 4 in Las Vegas, 1 in Chicago and 1 in New Orleans.
In addition to their fine-art collections
of signed and numbered, limited-edition lithographs, they worked
with the American Film Institute (AFI) on a project to reproduce the AFI top 100 movie
posters of all times. They call this line of movie art "Art of the
To date, they have produced about 50 of the AFI top 100. Here is a list of the posters that have been issued so far - S2 Movie Poster List
S2 posters are issued in
the 22" x 28" card, 27" x 41" one sheet and 41"
x 81" three sheet sizes.
Because many of the posters
they reproduce are from the early days of film, their lithographic style
gives them the impression of being original movie posters.
S2 posters are easily recognized
by their "embossed" label across the bottom. Many of the posters
carry an embossed "AFI" on one side and an "S2" on
By definition, the posters
issued by S2 are not considered "legitimate movie art" because
they are not released by movie studios in conjunction with the release
of a film and they are released for sale to the public.
However, because their
posters are printed using antique presses to recreate the early lithographic
style of posters, and because they are released as a limited edition and
are numbered, even many hard line collectors accept these beautiful posters
S2 has also created a new line of smaller and cheaper versions of the S2 Art Group movie posters. These are on cheaper paper and are also the commercial size,
so these are not a problem to the hobby.
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