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Punk: An Aesthetic Captured in New Book & Exhibit "Someday All The Adults Will Die: Punk Graphics 1971 - 1984"

Posted by Billyjam, September 12, 2012 11:41am | Post a Comment

The Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage curated exhibit Someday All The Adults Will Die: Punk Graphics 1971-1984, which will open at the Hayward Gallery Project Space in the Southbank Centre over in London, England this week (tomorrow, Thursday September 13, with an opening party and the official public opening Friday ) and run through November 4th 2012, is an exhibition that offers a comprehensive overview of punk graphic design, highlighting imagery before, during and after the punk years, drawing upon previously unseen public and private archives and collections and illuminated by examples of homemade cassettes, fanzines, posters, handbills, records and  clothing from the UK and USA. And from what I have previewed it is heavy on the punk flyers which, from this high tech age perspective, are so charmingly primitive.

Highlights of the exhibit, which offers free admission to everyone, include original artworks from such folks as Jamie Reid, Gee Vaucher, Linder Sterling, Penny Rimbaud, Gary Panter, and John Holmstrom along with numerous anonymous artists. Note that if, like most folks Stateside, with no plans of traveling to the UK over the next few weeks and catching this art exhibit, worry not as Kugelberg and Savage are also simultaneously putting out a corresponding book titled Punk: An Aesthetic (above - published by Rizzoli) that will include many (plus some additional) imagery from the exhibit. To give you a flavor of it all, below I have included a sample selection of several of these wonderful images (a lot of flyers) that capture the simple yet striking punk & post-punk graphic design. More info here.

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