Hal Wert’s extensive writings on American political posters include two books on the subject, Hope: A Collection of Obama Posters and Prints (2009) and George McGovern and the Democratic Insurgents (2015). Readers may enjoy his blog on posters, From the Desk of Hal Elliott Wert. He is emeritus professor of history at the Kansas City Art Institute. Photo: Allison East Hamlin
The Art History of Presidential Campaign Posters
Against the backdrop of the 2020 US presidential election, historian Hal Wert takes us through the artistic and political evolution of American campaign posters, from their origin in 1844 to the present. In an interview with Quarterly editor Gillian Jakab, Wert highlights an array of landmark posters and the artists who made them.