Designs for Modern Britain
Client: Pallant House Gallery, 2020
Authors: Gill Clarke, Emma Mason, Fraser Muggeridge, Ian Rogerson, Michael Twyman
Hardback | 136pp | 190 x 245 mm
Book design to accompany the Pallant House Gallery exhibition Barnett Freedman: Designs for Modern Britain.
This richly illustrated publication includes over 150 examples of Barnett Freedman’s work from across his career. A peer of Eric Ravilious and Edward Burra, Freedman was one of Britain’s most sought-after commercial designers in the mid-20th century.
In mid-century Britain, his art could be seen by anyone in their everyday life: from book jackets to posters on the London Underground and beer advertisements in pubs. He also travelled with the British Expeditionary Force in France as an Official War Artist along with Edward Ardizzone and Edward Bawden.
This exhibition, curated by Emma Mason, was the first major reappraisal of his work since his 1958 Arts Council retrospective at the Tate Gallery.