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Punk emerged in reaction to the straightjacket culture and excesses of midcentury Britain and America. This exhibition explores the art and graphic design that closely accompanied and inspired the Punk and New Wave movements of the 70s and 80s. It features the storied posters, album covers, patches, and fashion that disillusioned youth wore across their backs and blasted from stages and clubs. The iconic imagery designed by in-tune influential artists such as Malcolm Garrett and Barney Bubbles reflects the values, disenfranchisement, anger, and hope of a new generation. Armed with a DIY graphic vocabulary clashing against corporate ideals and consumerism, the Punks and New Wavers of the 70s and 80s inspired legions of youth across the world to live outside the lines.
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