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In the 1930s, Modernism influenced the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Federal Art Project (FAP) posters. The mass-produced, screen printed p… Read More
In the 1930s, Modernism influenced the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Federal Art Project (FAP) posters. The mass-produced, screen printed posters disseminated the graphic language of Modernism to the American public, facilitating its acceptance by artists and designers. Over eight years, approximately two million posters were reproduced from 35,000 designs. These posters paved the way for Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s. This series of screen printed posters applies the design style of the WPA FAP posters to contemporary messages and demonstrates the timelessness of the graphic language of Modernism. The typography in the series relates to the work of WPA artist: Anthony Velonis, Foster Humfreville, Alex Kallenberg, Erik Hans Krause, and Charles Verschuuren. Each poster design was screen printed in editions of 12 at 14" by 22" on Arches 88 paper which was the typical size of the posters printed by the WPA FAP. Read Less
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Rethinking WPA Poster Installation at NEXT at the Corcoran 2013, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, April-May 2013
Photograph taken by Denny Henry
Join the Network 1/12, Screenprint on Paper, 14" x 22"
Eat Healthy 1/12, Screenprint on Paper, 14" x 22"
Apathy Equals Death 1/12, Screenprint on Paper, 14" x 22"
Clean Energy, Wind, 1/12, Screenprint on Paper, 14" x 22"
Clean Energy, Solar 1/12, Screenprint on Paper, 14" x 22"
For more information about this project, go to www.rethinkingwpa.com