Tube150 – 150 years of Underground Art in London

Posted January 8th, 2013 under England, Graphic Art, Shows


Since its first graphic poster commission in 1908, London Underground has developed a worldwide reputation for commissioning outstanding poster designs, becoming a pioneering patron of poster art – a legacy that continues today. Poster Art 150 will showcase 150 of the best designs which have been chosen by an independent panel. Visitors will be invited to vote for their favourites and the most popular poster will be revealed at the end of the exhibition. Well-known posters, including the surrealist photographer Man Ray’s ‘Keeps London Going’ pair, will feature alongside lesser-known gems. The exhibition will also offer a rare chance to view letter-press posters from the late nineteenth century.

Sam Mullins, Director of London Transport Museum said: ‘The posters were chosen by our panel of experts from over 3,000 in our collection and is the most comprehensive poster exhibition we have ever done.’

The exhibition, which takes place from February 15 to October 27, features art from the first graphic poster commission in 1908 to the modern day. Visitors will be invited to vote for their favourites and the most popular poster will be revealed at the end of the exhibition.

More at ltmuseum.co.uk

The Daily Mail put together a nice collection of images from the show.

At the same time in the Los Angeles Times: “Artists take Metro commuters on another kind of journey
Hundreds of artists and poets have put their stamp on 80 stations in a program that aims to make traveling an uplifting experience. (…) Established in 1989, the Metro Art program has commissioned more than 300 artists and poets to create artworks for 80 stations. “The customers’ experience is essential,” said Maya Emsden, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s deputy executive officer, creative services. “Art is a wonderful, engaging way to transform their journeys into something pleasant.” Read on….

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