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24 Jul 2012

London 2012 posters

A take on the Olympic spirit by twelve leading artists

To celebrate London 2012, twelve of the UK's leading artists were asked to create posters for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The artists, chosen from a first list of one hundred names, were divided into two groups: Martin Creed, Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Chris Ofili, Bridget Riley, Eachel Whiteread for the Olympic Games; Fiona Banner, Michael Craig Martin, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Sarah Morris, Bob and Roberta Smith for the Paralympic Games. Every image is a personal interpretation of the artist, and the diversity of the works shows the extraordinary creativity present in Great Britain today. The first Olympic poster in history was commissioned for the Stockholm Games in 1912, while the Paralympic Games had their own representative image ever since the first edition, in Stoke Mandeville. Over the years, great artists of the caliber of David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, have created Olympic posters. The London 2012 posters are on display at London's Tate Britain.