image: The poster is a mixture of text and semi-abstract shapes on a black background. White text and red lines run down
the left edge of the page. White text also runs along the bottom edge of the page. Above this, in the lower right corner is one word in
white, spattered with black and underlined in blue. The white silhouette of a telephone receiver hangs down in the upper right corner,
above a red square containing a blue circle.
text: 'Object to of State. Modern World. Modern World. Orchard Gallery City Council. Arts Derry. Orchard Gallery City Council. Arts Derry.
similar to IWM ART 16813/16814, IWM ART 16967
From 1985 to 1995, Michael Peel made over 35 poster works under the generic title MODERN WORLD. The poster works were
part of a strategy to get art onto the street and reach a popular audience. They were shown simultaneously in galleries and fly posted on
billboards, street hoardings and lamp-posts. Peel selected words and images from newspapers and television, sometimes combined with his
own photographs, to make graphic allusions to power, politics, war and the media. The majority of the poster works were rapidly and
cheaply produced in a 30x40 inch format, screen-printed in black and white. Later series included a single colour - a deliberately crude,
luminous red, pink, yellow, green or blue - and were also printed on art paper in small limited editions. They were produced with the
financial assistance of local authorities and arts organisations in London, and distributed across the UK.
MODERN WORLD brings back vividly one of the most controversial eras of the last century – a period in British life dominated by Margaret
Thatcher and shaped by the Falklands War at one end and the first Gulf War at the other.