Art on Theme: 9 Books of Ready-to-Frame Posters

When is a book not a book? When it's actually a tiny little bound packet of posters. Since we're all about pieces that pull double-duty, I thought I'd share a few ready-to-frame poster books: titles you can grab at the bookstore to keep on the coffee table, and then tear pages from as needed to fill up the walls.

I was recently gifted the book Swissted, a collection of vintage rock posters re-designed by digital artist Mike Joyce. I thought I was getting a cool new coffee table book, but as soon as I opened it up, I realized each page is micro perforated for easy tear-ability.

For now, the book is left out for guests to flip through, but I'm looking forward to the day when Swissted will live its next life as art for our walls. At 11" x 14", the prints are a generous size, and perfect for grouping together in a themed gallery wall.

Here are 8 other books of tear-away poster pages for your table and walls, along with short descriptions pulled from Amazon:

1 &2. Swissted, Mike Joyce (2013): Swissted takes rock concert posters of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s and remixes and re-imagines them through a Swiss modernist lens.

3. I Like It. What is It?, Anthony Burill (2013): I Like It. What Is It? is a collection of unique posters featuring catchy typographic slogans by designer Anthony Burrill. Artfully designed and printed using special colors, these bespoke artworks will brighten up any room or workspace.

4. Presidential Campaign Posters: Two Hundred Years of Election Art, The Library of Congress (2012): Here are 100 ready-to-frame political campaign posters from the annals of American history! The candidates range from Andrew Jackson (“Defender of Beauty and Booty”) and William Henry Harrison (“Have Some Hard Cider!”) to Richard Nixon (“He’s the One!”), Barack Obama (“Hope”), and many, many more.

5. The Indie Rock Poster Book, Yellow Bird Project (2011): This poster book is a colorful celebration of indie rock music and art. Showcasing original artworks by thirty of today's cutting-edge illustrators, this poster collection is inspired by classic indie rock songs of each artist's choosing.

6. DC Comics 75th Anniversary Poster Book, DC Comics (2010): Look! Up on the bookshelf! It’s the 100 most incredible, most outrageous, and most bizarre comic book covers from the DC comics archive. From New Fun #1 and Batman #1 to lesser-known titles like Mister District Attorney, this oversized compilation features every major milestone in DC’s extraordinary history.

7. Gig Posters Volume 1, Clay Hayes (2009): Here are more than 700 extraordinary posters from the archives of GigPosters.com — the Internet’s premier destination for concert poster art. Gig Posters Volume I celebrates a dynamic medium with contributions from 101 top designers.

8. Gig Posters Volume 2, Clay Hayes (2011): Readers gave the first Gig Posters anthology a standing ovation — so for your viewing pleasure, here’s one heck of an encore.

9. Adventure Time: A Totally Math Poster Collection, Cartoon Network (2014): Featuring 20 exclusive, removable Adventure Time posters to delight and bewilder, this book collects a madcap array of lovingly crafted artwork by world-class artists and designers such as Olly Moss and Tony Millionaire.

10. Cigar Box Art Poster Book, John and Carolyn Grossman (2012): This book offers 30 of the most beautiful lithographed images ever printed on cigar box labels.

(Image credits: Werger Design Blog; Amazon)

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