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Flood, Catherine

British posters : advertising, art & activism / Catherine Flood.

Pbk. ed.
London : V&A ; 2012.
New York : Distributed in North America by Harry N. Abrams, 2012.
Physical Description:
128 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm.
Reference Library
NC1807 G7 F588 2012 (LC)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
"Drawing on the V & A's wide-ranging poster collection, this book traces the evolution of the poster in the hands of graphic designers and fine artists, advertising agencies, and countercultural groups in Britain since 1945. The range spans "Keep Britain Tidy" campaigns, lavishly produced Benson & Hedges billboards, punk-rock posters, hand-printed indictments of Margaret Thatcher, and public art projects on the Underground. From conflicts over the content and control of public space to posters tacked to bedroom walls, Catherine Flood examines how the poster in Britain has adapted itself to a changing technological environment and defied predictions of its demise"--Hennepin County library website.
Subject Terms:
Posters, British -- 20th century.

  • Foreword / Margaret Timmers
  • 1. Moving through the mainstream. Post-war reconstruction
  • Commercial art, graphic design and the 'creative revolution'
  • The continuing power of the poster
  • 2. Alternative directions. Pop, psychedelia and the poster boom
  • Protest poster-making
  • Posters and popular music
  • 3. Into a digital age. Renaissance in outdoor advertising
  • Bill posters will be prosecuted (Bill Posters is innocent)
  • The art gallery of the streets
  • 'People do love huge pieces of paper'
  • Speaking truth to power.