The evolution of commercial posters in graphic design will be the subject of Modern British Posters, an exhibition opening today at London’s Central St Martins College of Art and Design.
Organised by the college’s BA Graphic Design head of context Paul Rennie, the event aims to show a little-known range of UK work that explores that interaction between art and graphic design. The exhibition has been amassed from Rennie’s personal collection.
‘There’s an increasing interest in the history of graphic design and the way in which it is shown – you either get the Victoria & Albert Museum showing international stuff, or you get very specialised work from, say, the London Transport Museum. It’s the stuff in between that doesn’t get shown. This is a great opportunity to show the general historical development of British poster design,’ says Rennie.
The exhibition will include work by Edward Wadsworth, Paul Nash, Edward Bawden, Edward McKnight Kauffer, Abram Games and Tom Eckersley, among others.
The show takes place at the Lethaby Gallery, Central St Martins, Southampton Row, London W1, and runs until 17 May.