14th Jan 2014
For the last couple of years I’ve found myself increasingly drawn to poster art. I guess it probably has a lot to do with the space I live in. If you read Muddy Stilettos regularly, you’ll know I swapped the 16th century thatched cottage idyll for a Sixties-tastic single storey dwelling (did I hear you say bungalow? Wash your mouth out immediately!) a couple of years back, and it’s really altered my interiors antennae.
We like our art, Mr Muddy and I, and though we don’t own anything valuable we bought several groovy original block prints in Barcelona last year, and I have to confess to quietly eyeing up these beautiful posters from posterlounge too.
So you won’t be remotely surprised by my intention to see Modern Art Oxford’s latest exhibition, on now. Called Notice! Modern Art Oxford in Print, it charts the complete graphic design history of the gallery in a photographic trompe l’oeil of around 400 unique posters from the Modern Art Oxford archive – from the low-fi, almost hand-made quality of the early Sixties and Seventies posters to the corporate branding of the Eighties, towards artist as brand in the Nineties and the onset of digital and advanced production methods now.
I’m plotting a lovely long day in Oxford next week, checking out lots of new stuff for you, so I’ll report back then, but if you haven’t been to the MOA before, I’d definitely suggest a visit. There’s a cool little cafe, and you’re literally just off the Westgate and Cornmarket for shopping, or across the road from Christchurch Meadows if you want to breathe some fresh air.
The exhibition ends on 2 Feb. Visit the MOA website.
30 Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1BP