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.
- Creative director David Lane tells us about redesigning frieze and creating campaigns for Hermés and Ally Capellino
- Photographer Zuza Krajewska's fragile portraits of Polish young offenders
- Anibal Bley’s Risograph zine experiments with glitchy patterns and illustrations
- CG Watkins’ narratively driven photography conveys mystery and escapism
- Sharp Type creates punchy typeface inspired by Swiss designer Adrian Frutiger
- Illustrator Susa Monteiro’s lonely figures battle the elements
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio