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Kauffer's inky adverts

Its amazing what you can find when you're looking for something else. Last summer I was in New York searching for vintage posters, when a dealer showed me three original commercial artworks by poster legend Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890 – 1954). Executed in gouache paint, and signed/dated on the front and...

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Abram Games. His Wartime Work

Book Review A lot has been written about the poster designer Abram Games (1914-1996), including his own account of his working methods (Over My Shoulder, 1960) and an excellent biography by his daughter, Naomi (Abram Games, Graphic Designer: Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means, 2003). Justly regarded as one of Britain’s greatest...

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Paolozzi Posters

The Soho Jazz Festival, 1986-2001 Regarded as the ‘Father of Pop Art’, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) was one of post-war Britain’s most innovative sculptors and print-makers. Before visiting the Whitechapel Gallery’s stunning 2017 retrospective of his work, I was most familiar with Paolozzi’s Pop Art approach via the extraordinary series...

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Poster Girls. Part 1

Last year London Transport Museum asked me to co-curate Poster Girls, a new exhibition looking at the remarkable, and neglected, role of women poster designers in selling the Capital's transport system over the last 110 years. The show, which has garnered much critical acclaim (largely thanks to the outstanding work...

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