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5.0 out of 5 stars The eyes have it...
A delightful little book that has something to please everyone: an extensive collection of poster graphics from just before the turn of the twentieth century to the present -- Toulouse-Lautrec to Warhol, and then some -- and solid historical and cultural background information as well. Well written, well researched, well illustrated, well worth the money.
Published on June 28, 1999 by Nick Curtis (kipnick@aol.com)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good content, okay images
There is a lot of great information in this book but I was really disappointed when it came to the images. Many of the really important posters are in black and white, such as lissitzky's "beat the whites...", in which color is very important.
Published on November 5, 2008 by B. Parra


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The eyes have it..., June 28, 1999
This review is from: Posters: A Concise History (World of Art) (Paperback)
A delightful little book that has something to please everyone: an extensive collection of poster graphics from just before the turn of the twentieth century to the present -- Toulouse-Lautrec to Warhol, and then some -- and solid historical and cultural background information as well. Well written, well researched, well illustrated, well worth the money.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Visual Tour of A Modern Art Form, March 20, 2002
This review is from: Posters: A Concise History (World of Art) (Paperback)
This compelling art book contains beautiful images, illuminating details, and thumbnail sketches of modern art movements. The section titled "Posters and Reality" includes vivid posters and explores the ideas of expressionism, realism, and surrealism in an accessible, yet scholarly manner.
"Posters and Society", however, remains my favorite section. Tracing the evolution of the poster through travel, theater, and liquor ads, Barnicoat explains the significance of outdoor advertising in modern cities. Posters also seem to lend themselves to an ironic, comic style.
Yet the classic posters from World War I and II show that governments can also develop ideas in the popular medium. Wartime posters played a critical role in recruitment of soldiers, selling War Bonds, and instructing civilian populations to conserve precious supplies.
Barnicoat also seems fascinated with the use of posters by communist (Soviet Union, Mao's China, Castro's Cuba) and fascist dictatorships (Nazi)to create "consensus" and the illusion of mass support. He juxaposes these propagnda efforts with the students' posters of May '68 saying "these were attempts to produce a genuine pattern of popular art." (While few propaganda posters have become popular collectibles, wartime posters and protest posters from the 1960s command good prices these days among vintage poster collectors.)
Written in 1973 in a belated celebration of the poster's 100th birthday, this classic art book does show its age - both in the evident leftist sympathies and ignoring recent trends. Posters: A Concise History, however, remains the best introduction for art lovers, graphic designers, and poster collectors.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good content, okay images, November 5, 2008
This review is from: Posters: A Concise History (World of Art) (Paperback)
There is a lot of great information in this book but I was really disappointed when it came to the images. Many of the really important posters are in black and white, such as lissitzky's "beat the whites...", in which color is very important.
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4.0 out of 5 stars another history of art in a nice series, February 23, 2013
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i will have to get more of this series World of Art, i like what i see online of this group. i haven't read too much from it just yet, but so far so good. the only thing i was disappointed with is i wanted this cover, the one about. i just wanted to see this picture. i intend to get the art nouveau, art deco, Baroque art movements. maybe the Egyptian art book too. and then some not so familiar subjects to study. you would think that i was still in school, but i study the subjects i like now, and not english grammar or mathematics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good text and illustrations but mostly black and white, January 31, 2012
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The selection, history and illustrations are excellent: broad-reaching, pithy, clear and sharp. Just be prepared for one important dimension to be thin: Only about a fourth of the images are in color.
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Posters: A Concise History (World of Art) by John Barnicoat (Paperback - February 1, 1985)
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