Anthea Hamilton, Divers, Official London 2012 Olympic poster

Olympic posters unveiled

Tracey Emin, Michael Craig-Martin, Rachel Whiteread, and Gary Hume create strongest line up of Olympic posters since Munich 1972


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Tracey Emin, Michael Craig-Martin, Sarah Morris, Rachel Whiteread and Chris Ofili are among the artists who’ve designed the posters for the 2012 Olympics. The posters have just been unveiled by Tate Britain and go on sale today priced £7 each.

Paralympic artists include: Fiona Banner, Michael Craig-Martin, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Sarah Morris, Bob and Roberta Smith. Olympic artists include: Martin Creed, Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Chris Ofili, Bridget Riley, Rachel Whiteread. They will also be on display at Tate Britain during the Festival of London next year.

Tate Director Nicholas Serota said: "We are delighted that British artists have produced such compelling images in response to the Olympic and Paralympic Games."

LOCOG (the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) worked with Tate and the Plus Tate Group (a group of 19 regional galleries across the UK), who together compiled a long list of over 100 artists for consideration. This long list was then reduced to a final list of 12 by a panel comprising Nicholas Serota (Tate Director), Tamsin Dillon (Head of Art on the Underground), Judith Nesbitt (Tate - Head of National/International Initiatives), Carl Freedman (Counter Editions) Ruth Mackenzie (Director, Cultural Olympiad & London 2012 Festival) and Greg Nugent (LOCOG Director of Brand and Marketing).

The images are available to buy as both posters and limited edition prints. The posters, and a small number of limited edition prints, will be available to order on the London 2012 online shop. The limited edition prints will also be for sale individually and as a special boxed set from Counter Editions, the publisher of the prints, who can be contacted on Full details on the posters, limited edition prints and free exhibition at Tate Britain can be found on the London 2012 Festival website.

Since 1912 every city hosting the Olympics has commissioned a series of posters by the leading artists of the day. Andy Warhol, RB Kitaj, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Josef Albers, Oskar Kokoschka, Allen Jones and Max Bill are among those who’ve created posters in the past.

See more about the Olympics here:

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How do you design a poster that can be read in every language?

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