I was able to sneak through New Haven over the holiday weekend and walk through the newly opened Art For All: British Posters for Transport at Yale University’s British Art Center. A fantastic assemblage of posters, the exhibition (and associated catalog) chronicle the development of transport posters in the 20th-century. After the establishment of the London Underground’s publicity program in 1908, posters became an integral method of fostering metropolitan pride in the city and promoting the benefits of public transport. Four regional rail lines followed suit in 1923, their poster’s pushing the heritage and tradition of key British locales.
Art for All covers the promotional posters and casts an eye on the key designers and printing techniques evident in the campaigns.
The exhibition is on view through August 15, 2010. The catalog available direct from YUP.