Hayward Gallery Project Space, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
14 September 2012, 10:00am – 4 November 2012, 18:00pm
This exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of punk graphic design, surveying imagery produced before, during and after the punk years, and drawing upon previously unseen public and private archives and collections.
Punk and post-punk graphic design is illuminated by examples of homemade cassettes, ‘zines, posters, handbills, records and clothing.
Highlights include original artworks by Gee Vaucher, Linder Sterling, Jamie Reid, Gary Panter, John Holmstrom, Raymond Pettibon and Penny Rimbaud alongside numerous anonymous artists.
Curated by Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage.
A panel discussion, held on 13 September 2012 in the Purcell Room of the Southbank Centre set out to:
explore the provocative graphic art that developed alongside punk rock. Panelists will include Tony Drayton, editor of Ripped & Torn, one of the first UK punk fanzines, and Kill Your Pet Puppy – arguably one of the most aesthetically interesting anarcho-punk fanzines of the ’80s; William Gibson, award winning writer and seminal cyberpunk novelist; John Holmstrom, writer, cartoonist and legendary editor of the iconic Punk magazine; and artist Gee Vaucher, whose record covers and newsletters for anarcho-punk band Crass in the late 1970s and early ’80s influenced graphics for political protest as well as for music.
The exhibition coincides with the publication of Punk: An Aesthetic by Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage, published by Rizzoli. An illustrated extract from the introduction to the book is published on the It’s Nice That site.