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POSTERS: "The Graphic Imperative" at AIGA/N.Y.

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From The Graphic Imperative
From The Graphic Imperative
"The Graphic Imperative: International Posters of Peace, Social Justice and the Environment, 1965-2005," a traveling exhibition of 121 "prime examples of agitprop," as the curators call it, will be at the AIGA National Design Center in New York, June 15-Aug. 18. As Greg Cook of The Boston Globe noted of the show, which is presented by the Massachusetts College of Art and Philadelphia University, "Most celebrated art of the relatively peaceful generation between the end of the Vietnam War and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has been apolitical. And despite our current wars and calamities, there remains a deep aversion to political work in much of the art world — as if mixing it with the gritty matters of life debases their creations. Of late, visual artists tend to politely segregate their politics to demonstrations rather instilling them in their art. The art in 'The Graphic Imperative' doesn't share this aversion." Seen here are some posters from the show, opening with Steff Geissbuhler, "Peace," 1985, U.S. In the PDF: 2) Alexander Faldin and Svetlana Faldina, "Anti-smoking," 1987, Russia; 3) Yusaku Kamekura, "Hiroshima Appeals," 1983, Japan; 4) Cedomir Kostovic, "Racism," 1998, U.S.; 5) Yossi Lemel, "Israel-Palestine 2002 Bloodbath," 2002, Israel; and 6) Yuri Surkov, "Coexistence," 2000, Russia. See www.thegraphicimperative.org and www.aiga.org for more.
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