From the revolutionary Sixties to the present day, this book explores the many ways graphic art and design have addressed social and political issues. The book covers a broad range of subject areas including war, peace, national politics, ecology, health, civil rights and sexual politics. It features the work of some of the world's best known personalities and studios, such as Grapus in France, Klaus Staeck in Germany, Seymour Chwast in the USA and Wild Plakken in Holland, as well as the powerful graphics of anonymous protest. Images of anger and emotion, humour and satire appear throughout, as symbols of power, peace and persuasion. In addition to their striking visual impact, this collection of images and memorabilia presents a powerful reflection of the social concerns and political struggles of our age.
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McQuiston divides her time between graphic design practice, teaching and writing.From Library Journal:
Both these books could be described as samplers offering some fine examples of the aesthetics of recent graphic art. At that point the similarity ends. Poynor's book opens with a too-brief, name-dropping introduction in which he attempts to justify his selections, situate the pieces in an aesthetic context, and trace the recent history of design. The founding editor of Eye and author of Typography Now (North Light Bks., 1993), Poyner fills the following 200 pages with full-color reproductions, identified simply by title, purpose, designers, and design firm. His selections are drawn strictly from this decade, mostly from the United States, Great Britain, and the Netherlands, and broadly from the fields of advertising, magazine layout, book/cd jacket design, and fine arts promotion. For its wealth of examples of very recent and sometimes obscure work, The Graphic Edge is recommended for academic libraries serving fine arts programs. McQuiston (graphic art and design, Royal Coll. of Art, London), on the other hand, is concerned equally with content and style. Offering neither historical nor aesthetic continuity, her book instead builds on broad areas of politics and activism, ranging from "National Politics: Politcal Parties, Governments and Leaders" to "Saving the Earth: Ecology and the Green Movement." This lack of strict organization requires a careful, cover-to-cover reading in order to understand the web of influences on and trajectories taken by graphics in the service of politics over the last 30 years. Happily, McQuiston's lucid and fact-filled prose and the accompanying 300 color illustrations make this task a pleasure. Recommended for larger contemporary art collections as well as large academic political science collections.
Eric Bryant, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descrizione libro Phaidon Press, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0714828785
Descrizione libro Phaidon Press, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0714828785
Descrizione libro Phaidon Press, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110714828785