by Steve Heller
Peter Bankov makes one poster every day. Them’s a lot of posters. And they are good, too. His sense of abandon makes him one of the strongest poster makers today. Originally from Minsk, Belarus, Bankov’s posters are the focus of an exhibition opening Dec. 2 (with a talk by the designer) at the Type Directors Club NYC. It is a must-see poster show.
Bankov presently divides his time between Moscow and Prague. In 1993, he founded Neuch (roughly translated as Ignoramus), an artist’s book collective in Moscow. He went on to establish, in 1997, both Design Depot, one of Russia’s leading design firms, and kAk magazine, the longest-running and most influential design periodical in the former Soviet Union. Lately, Bankov keeps busy with his Daily Poster project, having created over 500 pieces to date. He has received upwards of 200 design awards, the most recent of which include the Platinum Award from Graphis Poster Annual; First Prize in the World War 1: 100 exhibition in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia; and Grand-Prix from the Asian Graphic Design Invitational Exhibition in Seoul, South Korea.
The exhibition of his work is at the TDC gallery from Dec. 2 to Jan. 31, and is curated by Misha Beletsky and can be seen by appointment (contact Carol Wahler, email@example.com)