Edited by Gill Saunders and Margaret Timmers
304 pages, hardcover, $65
Published by Thames & Hudson
They’ve been pasted up on building walls and taped onto cafe? windows, hung in art galleries and held high at political rallies. And now, more than 300 of them grace the pages of The Poster: A Visual History.
This book features highlights from the Victoria and Albert Museum, most from its renowned Word & Image Department (WID) collection of 13,000 posters, begun in the 1920s and having since grown to include everything from eighteenth-century playbills to examples from postimpressionism and art nouveau, surrealism and pop, postmodernism and beyond. It is edited by the WID’s Gill Saunders, senior curator of Prints, and Margaret Timmers, who formerly held the same job title.
With essays by them and Catherine Flood and Zorian Clayton, Prints curators in the WID, the roughly ten-by-twelve-inch book tells a 304-page, in-depth history of the poster’s international roles in performance and entertainment, sports and recreation, art and exhibitions, commerce and consumption, travel and transportation, protest and propaganda, and the digital age. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Pen Dalton, Emory Douglas and Bonnie MacLean, join other famous, lesser-known and anonymous artists in this treasury celebrating the poster’s talent for uniting image, word and typography to convey within its limited space the most of a message. —Claire Sykes