A History of Social and Political Protest Graphics

Protest! A History of Social and Political Protest Graphics
Format: Hardback, 288 Pages
ISBN: 9780711241299
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Discover the power and impact of protest art with this authoritative, richly illustrated history of social and political protest graphics from around the world.
Expertly written and unique in its scope, this extraordinary book features hundreds of the best examples of posters, prints, murals, graffiti, political cartoons and other endlessly inventive graphic forms that have been used in political protest throughout history and to the present.
Spanning continents and centuries, Protest! documents the vital role of the visual arts in calling for freedom and change. It examines how graphics have been used to highlight injustice, protest wars, satirize authority figures, demand equal rights and fight for an end to discrimination.
An astounding emotional visual exploration which includes:
Hogarth’s Gin Lane, Goya’s Disasters of War, Thomas Nast’s political caricatures, French and British comics, postcards from the women’s suffrage movement, satirical anti-fascist magazines­, ‘Ban the Bomb’ demonstrations, clothing of the 1960s counterculture, Cuban revolutionary poster art, the anti-apartheid illustrated book How to Commit Suicide in South Africa, the “Silence=Death” emblem from the AIDS crisis, The Last Whole Earth Catalog, anti-corporate advertising campaigns, Stonewall posters and postcards, murals created during the Arab Spring, electronic graphics from Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution, posters created for the Women’s March, the Trump Baby inflatable blimp, the magazine Charlie Hebdo, Black Lives Matter posters and flags.

The author

Liz McQuiston has authored a substantial number of books on graphic design-related subjects — her best known mix design and politics, including Graphic Agitation, Suffragettes to She-Devils, and Women in Design. She maintained a graphic design practice for more than twenty years and in education has held teaching and management posts ranging from vocational level to Masters level, including the post of Head of Department of Graphic Art and Design at the Royal College of Art.

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Format: Hardback, 288 Pages
ISBN: 9780711241299
Illustrations: 400 color photos
Size: 9.252 in x 11.417 in / 235 mm x 290 mm