Last weekend saw the London Art Book Fair ahead of its New York counterpart starting tomorrow, and among the many attractive propositions – for those who, like us, are perfectly placed in the art-book Venn diagram – were the Whitechapel Gallery’s sale of exhibition posters. If art is a mirror on society, then show posters are the very public point at which artists and galleries seek to convince the wider world of that mirror’s significance and so these are fascinating cultural documents.
But they’re also beautiful artefacts, and the design decisions tell us a lot about what these exhibitions from the 1970s, 80s and 90s were trying to say. Some of the posters will also go on sale on the gallery’s website next week – perfect if you missed out first time round.
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