8 August 2011
Estorick exhibition to crown Edward McKnight Kauffer the ‘poster king’
While debate furiously rages as to whether the poster is still (or ever has been) the preserve of graphic designers (see ‘Olympic deliverance’, and associated comments), an exhibition with work from the form’s golden age will open next month at Estorick Collection. The work is by American-born artist / designer Edward McKnight Kauffer, and includes hazy Modernist visions of the seasons (and Watford), alongside abstract constructions for Shell and the Daily Herald.
Firmly in the spirt of poster design explored in Paul Rennie’s Modern British Posters (covered on the Eye blog and reviewed in Eye 77), Kauffer’s posters were his greatest achievement. The show opens on Wednesday 14 September.
Top: Summertime Pleasures by Underground, 1925.
Below: In Watford, 1915.
Above: BP Ethyl Controls Horse-power, 1933.
Below: Actors prefer Shell, 1935.
Above: Museum of Natural History, 1923.
Below: Soaring to Success! Daily Herald – the Early Bird, 1919.
Above: Exhibition of Modern Art: The London Group, 1919.
Below: How bravely Autumn paints upon the Sky, 1938.
Below: Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954), photograph by Maud B. Davis (ca.1920).
14 September 2011 > 18 December 2011
The Poster King: Edward McKnight Kauffer
39a Canonbury Square
London N1 2AN
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