Poster, The London Group
This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from The Museum of Modern Art as part of Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.
The London Group formed in 1913 with the aim of regularly exhibiting a broad spectrum of British modern art. Elected secretary of the group in 1917, Kauffer designed the posters and invitation cards announcing its exhibitions. In his 1919 poster, Kauffer illustrated a pair of joined figures in a confrontational stance. The masklike faces are suggestive of a modernist trend among European artists who turned to African and tribal sculpture as a source of inspiration and appropriation.
It is credited
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist, 1939.
Its dimensions are
H x W: 75.6 × 50.8 cm (29 3/4 in. × 20 in.)