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    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freischwimmer (For Art On The Underground) (detail)

15 artists create new work to mark London Underground's 150th birthday

Posted by Rob Alderson,

Back in February, a sumptuous exhibition of vintage London Underground posters went on show at the London Transport Museum as part of the celebrations around the Tube’s 150th anniversary. But as well as raiding their archives for visual treats, the organisation has also commissioned 15 new posters from the likes of Lawrence Weiner, Sarah Lucas, Wolfgagng Tillmans and Gillian Wearing to commemorate this milestone. There has been some discussion around how well the new pieces actually work as posters, with our friends over at Creative Review pointing out that they may be more correctly viewed as prints rather than posters per se, but they’re still an interesting collection and it’s fascinating to see how some of our favourite artists have responded to this prestigious commission.

The posters will go on display next month at Gloucester Road, Southwark, St. James’s Park and London Bridge stations.

  • Colin-sworn

    Colin Sworn: Waiting For A Tube (For Art On The Underground)

  • Sarah-lucas

    Sarah Lucas: NUD (For Art On The Underground)

  • Goshka-macuga

    Goshka Macuga: I Came By Tube (For Art On The Underground)

  • Lawrence-weiner

    Lawrence Weiner: UNDER GROUND (For Art On The Underground)

  • Robert-orchardson

    Robert Orchardson: Fountainhead (For Art On The Underground)

  • Haegue-yang

    Haegue Yang: Convex Flesh and Concave Stone In Tune (For Art On The Underground)

  • Martha-rosler

    Martha Rosler: Go Underground (For Art On The Underground)

  • Wolfgang-tillmans

    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freischwimmer (For Art On The Underground)


Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.