Political Design

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Raspberries (and more) To Those In Power

Fleurs, Fruits & Légumes du Jour is a folio of caricature prints by Alfred Le Petit (1841-1909) from 1871. He was one of the great line artists and satirists of his era, and a contributor to L'Eclipse, a leading republican newspaper during the French Third Republic. View some of the more hilariously acute physical...

daily heller 2-21-14_f

When the Ukraine Was Soviet

I recently found a catalog of Ukrainian political posters spanning the period after the Russian revolution until the early 1980s - some are surprisingly well known. In light of the apparent push from Russian President Putin to aid the Yanukovych government, seeing this now quaint the Ukrainian SSR-Soviet era posters seems like a deceivingly...

daily heller 2-20-14_f

Red (I Mean Read) All About It

Productive Arts! run by Howard Garfinkel and Larry Zeman is an essential resource for Russian and Soviet design materials (publications, posters, ephemera) produced by the leaders of the Constructivist, Productivist and Socialist Realist movements. Most recently, they published catalogs on Soviet newspapers and specifically pages designed by montagist Gustav Klutsis. I asked Zeman to...

daily heller 2-11-14

You Got A Problem?

The Wolfsonian Museum has launched its website Power of Design 2014: Complaints. As a lead-up to the event, the Wolfsonian is posting a poster-a-day on the Complaint Blog, which is also "populated" with other posts on the Museum's incredible holdings. I will post the complaint posters once week as they come off the press....

daily heller 2-7-14

The Color Red: 1929 – 1940

The Left Front: Radical Art in the “Red Decade,” 1929–1940 art exhibition seeks to find the relationship between activism and art and determine what revolutionary art practices are happening now in Chicago, the United States and worldwide. Learn more about this current design exhibition.

daily heller 2-6-14

Smoke Signals

The former Soviet Union and Peoples' Republic of China have used cigarette packages to commemorate heroes and national virtues. Explore several designs from both nations that blend political symbolism and cigarettes.

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The Enduring Power of Posters to Promote and Provoke

As Carol A. Wells sees it, “The best posters are powerful and influential. The worst are quickly forgotten.” Wells is an art historian and curator who also oversees the largest collection of socially engaged post-WWII graphics in the U.S. And she’s one of seven design experts who curated Serigrafía, a survey of posters that...

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Weekend Heller: Give Peace a Bell

A 20-foot-high aluminum monument for the UN designed by Oscar-winning filmmaker and graphic designer Arnold Schwartzman, titled “Shells Into Bells,” was unveiled in Seoul, Korea at the Korean War Memorial on December 20, 2013. The British-born graphic designer (above), who won his Oscar in 1981 for producing and directing the documentary feature “Genocide,” designed the...

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The Art of Graphic Slander

In La Carte Postale Antisémite: de L'Affaire Dreyfus a la Shoah, the Museum de la Shoah in Paris reveals the devolution of imagery designed to fuel the flames of hatred.