A Collection of Obama Posters and Prints
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|Format:||Hardback, 188 pages|
|Other Information: ||170 colour|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 October 2009|
This book offers a striking and comprehensive visual chronology of posters created for Obama's run for the Presidency of the USA. Most have only been seen by a limited number of viewers in their particular state, city, or the art gallery world, yet combined these posters and prints were the prime mover in putting Barrack Hussein Obama in power as the President of America. This collection is a tribute to the power of visual persuasion, and to the impact not only of the Shepard Fairey poster Hope, seen by millions, but to the concerted work, dedication, and effectiveness of this campaign that elected the first Afro-American President and marked a turning-point for change in the USA, and perhaps the world, and shows how effective visual advertising can be when it inspires.
About the Author
Hal Elliott Wert has been a professor at the Kansas City Art Institute since 1972. He has authored a number of publications, book reviews, and papers on a range of subjects. He has spoken at numerous art galleries and has written many articles on presidential politics and campaign posters, including a feature on the Obama poster movement for Review magazine. His traveling exhibition, featuring many signed-and-numbered, limited-edition posters included in this book, was done in partnership with the Mid-America Arts Alliance.
"A year ago, Kansas City Art Institute professor Hal Wert showed his collection of Barack Obama street posters at the school's H&R Block Artspace. Now the posters have been assembled into a 188-page book, "Hope: A Collection of Obama Posters and Prints," published by Zenith Press."Ranging from corny to cool, with an occasional disconcerting nod to old-style social realism, the images offer a fun romp through the Obama-mania of the 2008 presidential election.Great art it's mostly not, with the exception of Robert Indiana's 21st-century remake of his iconic 1960s LOVE poster into a red, white and blue "HOPE" print."A lot of the designs, including Ron English's fusion of Obama's face with Abraham Lincoln's, are simply bizarre. But enthusiasm and idealism carry the day in images that portray the candidate as Superman, a prizefighter and even a surfer, riding -- you guessed it -- a wave of hope." - "Kansas City Star
""A handsome and hopeful gift to mark Barack Obama's first holiday season in office. A solid collection of visuals to enjoy, rather than the ephemeral state that usually awaits such artwork. Accompanied by an informative catalog of artists and a brief overview of the campaign poster since 1836." - "Lavender Magazine
""""Professor Hat Elliott Wert of the Kansas City Art Institute always regretted that he let a certain very special McCarthy campaign poster get away in 1968; so when he sensed history on the move again 40 years later, he didn't hesitate to gather all the memorabilia he could. The resulting collection captures the spirit of the overwhelming response to President Obama's historic presidential campaign through the eyes of the poster artists it inspired. The collection was first shown to the public in a Chicago exhibition entitled 'Officially Unofficial: Inspired Art for Obama.' Now, over 170 of the works come to the page in full-color glory in "Hope. "The book's introduction and epilogue are refreshingly in-depth and give great context to both
|Publisher: ||Zenith Press|
|Dimensions: ||30.89 x 23.67 x 2.29 centimeters (1.33 kg)|