Bob Peak Movie Poster Art on Display in Academy Exhibition

Beverly Hills, CA (January 18, 2011) – The colorful, graphically complex original paintings created for iconic movie advertising campaigns will hang alongside the final one-sheets for such films as “My Fair Lady,” “Camelot,” “Superman,” “Star Trek – The Motion Picture” and “Apocalypse Now” in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ new exhibition, “Bob Peak: Creating the Modern Movie Poster.”  Opening to the public on Thursday, January 20, in the Academy’s Fourth Floor Gallery, the exhibition will run through April 17.  Admission is free.

Artist and designer Bob Peak (1927–1992) has been hailed as the “father of the modern Hollywood movie poster.”  Multiple designs will be presented for nearly 50 films from among the more than 100 campaigns he designed in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

Among his many awards and accolades, Peak received the Key Art Lifetime Achievement Award from The Hollywood Reporter in 1992 for 30 years of outstanding contributions to the film industry.  He was only the second person to receive this honor; the first, just the year before, was another legendary graphic designer, Saul Bass.

Also opening on January 20, in the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery, is “Masters of the Close-Up, Up Close.”  The exhibition features more than 100 portraits of cinematographers shot by Owen Roizman, the five-time Oscar®-nominated cinematographer. 

The Academy’s galleries are located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills and are open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m.  For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit

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