Typography and the Poster

Jan 1–May 31, 1995


Ryuichi Yamashiro. Forest. 1954. Silkscreen, 41 × 29″ (104.1 × 73.6 cm). Gift of the artist

Forty-nine posters from the Graphic Design Collection trace the history of the typographic poster from the turn of the century to the present. During that time, type evolved from a passive foundation to an expressive medium. Arranged chronologically, the exhibition illustrates the development of typography from the early Art Nouveau lettering of Hector Guimard to the asymmetrical typography studies of the 1920s and 1930s, to contemporary examples of graffiti-inspired calligraphy.


  • Master checklist 11 pages

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