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Advertising Outdoors: Watch This Space! Paperback – March 1, 2004
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Our cityscapes and highways are punctuated by billboards' big, splashy images and clever messages designed to sell everything from underwear to cigarettes, milk to athletic wear. Outdoor advertising has become a tradition, and Bernstein surveys this commercial art form from the late nineteenth century on in this colorful, high-energy volume. Being British, his focus is continental, but the U.S. naturally makes a strong showing, and the contrast in transatlantic styles is instructive. Bernstein's earliest examples include the brilliant illustrations and posters of artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha (see boxed review, p.761), who instigated a taste for strongly graphic compositions in outdoor advertising that lasted well into the 1930s and 1940s before the camera finally replaced the artist's hand as the primary medium. Many intriguing trends are traceable both in Bernstein's expert commentary and in contemplating the visual and linguistic puns of contemporary billboards, as images and words compete boisterously for our attention, and styles range from the elegant and soothing to the confrontational and provocative. Donna Seaman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'A masterpiece. It's an Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Posters But Were Too Busy Producing a Sub-Standard TV Commercial to Ask sort of book. Bernstein understands posters. He understands advertising. And he presents his case with consummate wit and precision.' (Campaign) 'A paperback version of the 1997 classic...with incisive text [and] plenty of images.' (Blueprint) '[A] bright and provocative picture book of eye-catching billboards, posters and other out-of-home executions from the past and present.' (Advertising Age)