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Art For All

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Edited by Teri J. Edelstein

In 1908 London Underground began a comprehensive publicity program that became one of the most successful, adventurous, and best-sustained promotional operations ever attempted. The posters commissioned not only encouraged travel on the capital’s burgeoning public transport system; they also helped to foster a civic identity for metropolitan London. The four national rail lines established in 1923, inspired by this example, created their own campaigns. This richly illustrated volume celebrates the poster designs, highlighting works that are among the triumphs of twentieth-century poster art.

Designed to accompany an exhibition organized by the Yale Center for British Art, Art for All features more than one hundred works executed for the Underground and the railways. The exhibition and catalogue explore the evolution of transport posters in twentieth-century Britain and investigate the career of E. McKnight Kauffer, perhaps the greatest of these poster artists; the role of women designers; the printing techniques that brought the designs to life; and the strategies of display developed by the transport systems. Both a visual delight and a work of scholarship, Art for All pays tribute to these extraordinary exploits in public design.

Essays by Teri J. Edelstein, Oliver Green, Neil Harris, Peyton Skipwith, and Michael Twyman. Teri J. Edelstein, exhibition curator and catalogue editor, is a former research fellow at the Yale Center for British Art. She now lives in Chicago, where she has been deputy director of the Art Institute and more recently has served as an international art consultant.
Exhibition dates: April 15 - August 14, 2011
Publisher: Yale Center for British Art in association with Yale University Press, 2010
Hardcover: 178 pages, 12.5" x 9.75"
ISBN: 978-0-300-15297-5