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Lex Is More
March 27, 2013   
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Posters and other work by Lex Drewinski, one of the world’s most recognizable contemporary poster artists and designers, are on display at the Museum of Caricature and Cartoon Art in Warsaw in an exhibition entitled Lex Is More. Lex Drewinski.

Drewinski’s motto is: “To take something away from a poster means to add something to it.” In his work he has for years explored the most difficult social issues, such as famine, fascism, violence, racism, poverty and the excessive consumerism of the Western world. Drewinski uses minimalist visual forms with an extremely simple means of expression, where a single sign is sometimes enough to convey the complexity of a problem Drewinski takes on in his work. It is often hard to tell whether the end result is a poster, a satirical cartoon or an academic lecture. Humor and satire pervade all of his work.

Drewinski was born in 1951 in Szczecin, northwestern Poland. He graduated from the Higher Institute of Art in Poznań in 1981 and emigrated to West Berlin in 1985. In 1992, he became a professor at the Design Department of the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, Germany, where he still has his own studio. Since 2002, he has been a columnist for the 2+3D quarterly magazine. He displayed his posters at exhibitions around the world, including over 50 individual exhibitions. Over the years, he has won more than 150 awards and honors.

The Lex Is More. Lex Drewinski exhibition comprises a selection of Drewinski’s most important work dating from 1984 onwards. In 2000, his poster entitled LexICON A-Z, also on display at the Museum of Caricature and Cartoon Art, was chosen to be exhibited at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris as a “sample object of the 21st century.” The famous piece consists of 26 Latin alphabet pictograms and a title page. Drewinski paired each letter with a concept that was easy to understand all over the world. The black-and-white pictograms are derived from a simple human figure used as a point of reference to illustrate an A to Z compendium of issues and ideas, including armaments, poverty, courage, hope, dissidence, earthquakes, fashion, intolerance, kidnapping, nationalism, quality, politics, revolution, terror and violence.

April 16-June 2
Museum of Caricature and Cartoon Art, 11 Kozia St., Warsaw
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