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    Description"Modern British Posters" explores the interaction between modern art and graphic design in Britain throughout the twentieth century. A distinctive characteristic of modern society is the progressively more complete integration of art, design and architecture. The poster has been an integral expression of this phenomenon since its invention, in modern form, during the 1860s. The poster was made possible by the development of industrial colour lithography and by the appearance of large hoardings as a consequence of metropolitan redevelopment. Furthermore, this co-incidence developed at precisely the same time as the birth of the cultural avant-garde. Following the First World War, during a period of social and political realignment, major artists embraced the developing technologies of graphic reproduction to make commercial poster images and reach out to an audience beyond the complacent limits of the gallery. This required artists to embrace the possibilities of new technologies in print media, and was thus instrumental in transforming commercial art into graphic design. From this point forward, the poster and the artistic avant-garde have been inextricably linked. The poster reached a level of maturity in design just as the cultural reform of the 1920s was beginning. This synchronicity has established the poster as a particularly significant cultural object. Every great artist in Britain contributed to this effort and "Modern British Posters" features the work of artists such as John Minton, Paul Nash, Hubert Williams, Edward McKnight Kauffer, Leonard Cusden, Edward Wadsworth and Tom Eckersley, amongst many others. These images speak broadly of people, landscape, technology and identity and cover themes such as transport, architecture, the seaside, accident prevention and popular culture. In Britain, the graphic archive is dispersed amongst various institutions. This fragmentation means that, for practical purposes, the general story of British poster design remains to be told. As such "Modern British Posters" provides an important addition to the history of visual culture in Britain during the twentieth century.

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    Modern British Posters
    Art, Design & Communication
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Rennie
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 236 mm
    Height: 286 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 1,379 g
    ISBN 13: 9781906155971
    ISBN 10: 1906155976

    Abridged Dewey: 709
    LC classification: N
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.3
    BIC subject category V2: ACX
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15800
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Libri: I-AT
    B&T Approval Code: A02304000
    BISAC V2.8: DES007000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A31225000, A28441200
    BISAC V2.8: DES007010, ART015030
    DC22: 741.674
    BISAC V2.8: ART015100
    BIC subject category V2: AKLP, 3JJ, 1DBK
    BISAC V2.8: ANT034000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 741.6740941
    Thema V1.0: KJSA, AGA, AKLP, WCU
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDU
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    250 b&w and colour illustrations
    Black Dog Publishing Ltd
    Imprint name
    Black Dog Publishing Ltd
    Publication date
    20 July 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Paul Rennie is Head of Context in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. Paul and Karen Rennie are specialist collectors of twentieth century British art and design.
    Review quote
    "The history of the modern British poster from 1915 to 1970 is nothing less than a potted history of British society, culture, politics and the economy in that period. It is also, of course, a history of art and design as well as advertising." "The Observer""It's impossible not to leaf through "Modern British Posters" without experiencing a wistful longing for times past. For despite the vicissitudes of the eras represented, one thing was remarkably constant; the sheer brilliance of public art and design." "Wallpaper""This carefully curated collection of British poster design is another high-quality release from publisher Black Dog." "Monocle"