King’s poster designs are a visual history of the global political radicalization of the late 1960s and early 1970s, including the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa and the Anti-Nazi League in Britain. King’s poster art came at the end of an era when printed posters were the primary means of communicating political and social messages in “real time”.
King continued his style of graphic design in his important publications on the Russian Revolution and the early years of Soviet rule. Notable books by King are: the catalog for the first exhibition in the West of the photography of Alexander Rodchenko (Museum of Modern Art Oxford, England, 1979); The Commissar Vanishes (1997, rev. 2014); Ordinary Citizens (2003); Red Star Over Russia (2009); Russian Revolutionary Posters (2012) and John Heartfield: Laughter is a Devastating Weapon (2015).