Exhibition Archive

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    SITUATION, the new Sarah Lucas exhibition at London’s Whitechapel Gallery, is a bit of a shock to the system to say the least. Giant black and white portraits of the artist adorn almost every wall in the first room looming over visitors who already find themselves ducking underneath mobiles and tiptoeing between plinths.

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    The hipsters like to think they discovered everything. Brooklyn, beards, Berlin; all co-opted into the cause with scant regard for their past, simply championed for the role they play in their Flat-White dreams. But a new show just opened in London reminds us that Berlin has felt like the centre of a countercultural world before, as realised by the artist George Grosz.

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    Two years after he was killed whilst covering the Libyan Civil War, Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery pays tribute to documentary photographer Tim Hetherington with an exhibition of both his photographs and film work. The images Tim produced as a photo-reporter resituated the boundaries of war photography by depicting soldiers and the reality they lived, from the hours of tense waiting and boredom to the brotherly relationships built over the period of a year in camp.

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    It was London Design Festival last week and so creative stores city-wide joined in the excitement; perhaps none more so than Darkroom. The design accessories store launched a season of products based on the work of Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass using themes he introduced during his time with the legendary Memphis group.

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    We’ve almost reached the end of our week of London Design Festival podcast coverage and what a week it’s been! I ventured out for one final time and met Tony Quinn, a designer on a mission to save the QR code and spoke to Alex Bettler of DesignMarketo about his show inspired by the fragrant properties of pepper.

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    As someone who spent all of their formative years in the city of Oxford, I feel that Radiohead are much more than just a band. They’re part of my history, my childhood and the childhood of pretty much everyone I grew up with. They are my band. Back off! As a result I’ve always been pretty keen on the artistic products of their honorary sixth member, Stanley Donwood, who, from his Somerset studio has produced the artwork for almost every Radiohead release, developing his own visual language as the band developed their sound.

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    Inspired by the testing task of piecing together archaeological remains within a museum context, Matthew Craven’s new exhibition Oblivious Path has a fun time of recreating the opaqueness which its title suggests. The works included in the show are collages composed of drawings, relics, and images from lost cultures, and to see them gathered together in a collective seems to recreate the sensation one has when walking around a haughty museum with impenetrable captions. The pieces are all there – it’s just the act of placing them in a comprehensible order which proves tricky.

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    You can more or less guarantee that everything associated with luxurious food magazine The Gourmand will have an aesthetic that’s equally sophisticated, but these shots for Black Isle Bakery by photographer Lena Emery take the biscuit (yes, pun intended). The bakery, run by Ruth Barry, has taken up residence at KK Outlet for the duration of The Gourmand’s September exhibition to provide the finest tea and cake your discerning palate has ever enjoyed, and to celebrate they’ve launched a new website designed by OK-RM, who also art directed the shoot. These Van Eyck-style renderings of earthy chestnut mushrooms and fresh salmon rolls have got us salivating unreservedly, the arrangements of food on carefully considered backdrops bringing a physicality to something as intangible as flavour.

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    Ahh Norway, the beautiful blustery land of delicious fish and exceptional gene pools. As London Design Festival takes it’s hold on the UK’s capital, some of Norway’s most talented designers are arriving to exhibit their work to the members of the public at the Old Truman Brewery. Excitingly, this is the tenth year that Norway have exhibited at LDF and subsequently they have put together an absolute corker of a show with the help of talented curators Henrietta Thompson and Benedicte Sunde.

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    Excited though we may be about the veritable extravaganza of fantastic art and design which is London Design Festival beginning this week, we couldn’t allow ourselves to let the capital’s equally deserved celebration of Britain’s creativity, London Fashion Week, slip by unnoticed. Today will see the final round of shows from the five day fashion marathon, so as fashion’s elite escape on the Eurostar leaving a fine veil of lost sequins and discarded freebies scattered across Somerset House’s courtyard we thought it was the perfect time to bring you a round-up of our five favourite offerings from Britain’s much applauded fashion designers. Without further ado then, here they are…

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    Some parts of the world (I’m looking at you, Norway) don’t get much sun in the winter time. Some get none at all. It may come as surprise but some of the inhabitants of the darker parts of the world have actually immigrated as refugees from hot countries that are drenched in sunlight day after day. Norwegian artists Lisa Pacini and Christine Istad decided to work on a collaborative project to bring the sun to the places and the people that saw so little of it.

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    And so the London Design Festival rolls around for another ten days celebrating and showcasing the city’s design pedigree in various ways. The event has its detractors but rather than sniping from the sidelines it makes sense to put some time and effort in to discover the best bits of what – because of its size – offers something for everyone.

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    The sun’s gone, the summer’s over, get over it. Before everyone starts morosely washing the chlorine out of their swimsuits and chucking their flower headbands in the recycling for another year, perhaps check out this new show from Jean Jullien. In his typical style of being witty without being overly cynical, Jean has created a new collection of simplistic images illustrating humans struggling with life on the beach. If you know the feeling when you’re sunburnt, you feel like a beached whale, there’s sand in your hotdog and you’re perving at the opposite sex through the shadows of your cheap sunglasses, then this is for you. Jean, you’ve done it again.

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    With the unfurling discussion surrounding the USA’s place in the world in relation to events in Syria, the time is ripe for a coruscating exploration of contemporary American culture and society. Few artists working today are more adept at such an exploration as the mercurial Eric Yahnker, whose work jabs, laughs at, questions, ridicules and satirically mythologises the Land of the Free.

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    Nigerian photographer George Osodi is a photojournalist of extraordinary skill. The Lagos-based creative has spent an enormous amount of time on the African continent documenting the social and economic struggles of its native population, consequently earning the respect of The New York Times, Time, The Guardian, The Telegraph, USA Today and the International Herald Tribune. Not a bad haul of international newspapers really. When he’s not immersed in documenting the economic path of his country, he’s busy cataloguing the social structure – its unusual monarchy in particular – the fruits of which can be seen in London at The Bermondsey Project next month.

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    Gregory Gallant, aka Seth, has an almost mythical status in the minds of comic book aficionados. The Canadian cartoonist has been creating comic books since well before I started eating school dinners, and his strong and very recognisable style harks back to the illustration of years gone by. He’s best known for the excellent series Palookaville and his mock-autobiographical graphic novel It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken which is the focus of the new exhibition at New York’s Adam Baumgold Gallery.

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    If his artwork is anything to go by, Shan Hur was a true champion of hide and seek as a child. The Korean-born, London-based sculptor specialises in the partial and illusory deconstruction of gallery spaces, be it a twisted column, a hole in the wall or a broken pillar, in which he often conceals unexpected items of treasure. A porcelain vase for example or a handful of coins stuck in the cement of a crumbling wall, or even a basketball in the centre of a pillar. Taking his inspiration from closed shops and construction sites, his work directly confronts the confines of a gallery space and the viewer as participant to create brilliantly stalling work which questions what we know even as it sits in front of our very eyes.

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    A fantastic new show opening in London today celebrates half a century of the best international poster design. Posters from the likes of Wim Crouwel, Roger Hargreaves and Julian Palka are among the 45 works selected from the amazing archive of the Icograda (the International Council of Communication Design) by 15 leading contemporary design figures including Anthony Burrill, Noma Bar, Emma Thomas from A Practice For Everyday Life and our very own Will Hudson.

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    If you’re going to get a brilliant artist to have an enormous show at your gallery, you may as well give them full run of the place and make it one of the most eye-catching exhibitions in the country. To step inside the Palazzo Grassi in Venice now is to step inside a world that resembles the depths of an eastern souq, and it’s all down to Rudolf Stingel. Rather than simply hang 30 of his conceptual paintings on the already beautiful walls of this magnificent, crumbling gallery by the famous canals, he chose to completely cover the interior of the building in blood-red, ottoman-influenced carpets. Wow. Can’t get to Venice to have a look yourself? Here’s a virtual tour.

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    If you’ll allow me to get a bit literary on yo’ asses for a second, Mitch Dobrowner’s utterly spellbinding photographs of storms bring to mind Alexander Pope’s 1734 poem An Essay to Man. In bombastic couplets, Pope rails against what he saw as the arrogant philosophical questioning of the world around us, and warns that God and his plans are unknowable. Mitch’s work feels like a visual exploration of the same ideas; terrifying photographs of storms that could have come straight from a admonitory Renaissance painting.

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    As if you needed any more reasons to take an interest in the work of Finnish graphic powerhouse Kustaa Saksi he’s recently added more skills to his already impressive arsenal, making use of the jacquard loom to move his work into exciting new territory. Kustaa’s latest exhibition, Hypnopompic takes inspiration from the state of sensory confusion that exists between sleep and wakefulness, using the visual delusions experienced during this strange period of consciousness to inspire a set of intricate psychedelic tapestries, busy with distorted flora and fauna. There’s strobing monkeys clambering through trees, some giant technicolour grasshoppers and a particularly ominous looking spider haunting a tapestry of deep reds and blues.

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    In the latest episode of The New Yorker’s terrific Out Loud podcast, the writer Nicholson Baker talks about how the internet can lead to “a present tense assault of simultaneity” and the effect this has on our attention spans. He goes on: “I think that a necessary precondition for the appreciation of art is the feeling that the thing you are looking at or reading or listening to is all that there is at that moment and you have to give yourself to it.”

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    Ficciones Typografika is a pretty humble personal project created by Erik Brandt, a Minneapolis native with some talented international mates. The project offers a platform for type and graphic designers to create one-off experiments to be produced as posters and wheat-pasted onto a designated exhibition space in the Powderhorn area of Minneapolis. The space is on the side of Erik’s garage though, in an area just big enough to fit three 24″ × 36″ posters. So far the exhibitors have included Benoît Bodhuin, Lauren Thorson and Erik himself, but these abstract pieces from the excellent Feixen are some of our favourites.

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    This month west London-based design studio Two Times Elliott turned five and naturally felt some kind of celebration was in order. To ensure that the event passed with an appropriate amount of revelry, they commissioned 22 design studios to produce prints based on the number two. Friends from far and wide, including Colophon, Hyperkit, Studio Makgill and Hort, all produced a unique screen print that was hand-pulled by Thomas Murphy and displayed last Thursday in a one-off show. If you couldn’t make it down for a slice of the action the prints are now for sale online with proceeds going to Cancer Research UK. If only all fifth birthdays were so well-planned.

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    He’s spoken at our events, drawn pictures for books we’ve produced, sent us sweet records he’s illustrated – and we follow him on the Instagram like a bunch of obsessive stalkers – but somehow, SOMEHOW, we’ve not dedicated a proper post to the master of laid-back-wave-riding and frenzied-cycling illustration that is Stevie Gee. Until now. Sorry Stevie.

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    Hactivism, 3D printing, the idea of a new industrial revolution – all of this will be familiar to anyone with an interest in design and technology (and particularly to anyone who’s been to a design conference in the past couple of years). But a new show at London’s Design Museum, The Future Is Here, takes these terms and ideas – thrown about often quite loosely – and makes a real effort to explain and engage with them in a remarkably practical, interesting and effective way.

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    Spanish restaurant elBulli helped change the way the world thinks about food through its ceaseless innovation and experimentation. A new show at London’s Somerset House charts its remarkable story but it does much more than that – presenting one of the most insightful and inspirational studies of the creative process I have ever come across.

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    This week there was great excitement after London’s Kemistry Gallery announced details of a raft of upcoming shows. Much attention was (rightly) lavished on the celebration of Seymour Chwast and Milton Glaser’s collaborations as Pushpin Studio scheduled for September, but before that there’s another exhibition which really caught our eye.

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    London’s V&A has long been curating exhibitions which showcase otherwise overlooked elements of British history, and their latest offering is no exception, placing the huge outburst of creative energy which took place in London’s club scene in the 1980s at the very centre of the museum’s focus. Showing 85 outfits, from Katharine Hamnett’s slogan tees to Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s era-defining Pirate collection, the show looks at the way 1980s club culture, from New Romantic to High Camp and Goth styles all moved out of underground culture to infiltrate mainstream fashion, with London at its core.

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    The celebration of the new vibrancy in independent publishing has taken many forms, but a new show at Munich’s Haus der Kunst is one of the most interesting. Paper Weight – Genre-defining magazines 2000 to Now is curated by PIN-UP editor Felix Burrichter and focuses on 15 titles produced since the turn of the millennium including Apartamento, 032c, BUTT, Picnic, Girls Like Us, Sang Bleu, Bidoun and White Zinfandel (which at just two years old is the most recent tome on show).

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    Thought up one day by Timba Smits and Gordon “Flash” Shaw on the bus to a hospital appointment, the brilliantly named Not For Rental currently on show at London’s 71A Gallery exhibits work by hundreds of the most exciting emerging talent in art, illustration, photography and graphic design. This isn’t just any exhibition, however; as the title infers, each piece of work looks to condense the plot of the artist’s favourite film into one image, and it’s then exhibited as the sleeve art in a VHS case. It’s like all of your nineties teenage dreams merged in one Blockbuster basement!

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    Despite being one of the most sought-after fashion and portrait photographers of the mid 20th Century, the story of Berlin-born Erwin Blumenfeld is not widely known. A new show at London’s Somerset House aims to rectify that, focusing in particular on his studio at 222 Central Park South and the work he made while based there for the likes of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Teo Connor Studio was tasked with creating the visual identity and printed collateral for the exhibition and, unsurprisingly, they have done a really excellent job. It’s an elegant, restrained look and feel, resonant of a stylised world of yesteryear, where poise reined supreme (at least until cocktail hour fell). The identity works perfectly with both Erwin’s work with the airy spaces of Somerset House, and proves once again that Teo’s is a studio of the very highest calibre.

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    Young’uns might well think the Radio Times is but another mere listings magazine that sits on their Gran’s coffee table – one to read with your feet up on the pouf while dunking your custard cream for an irresponsible third time. But over the years this well-read and highly-esteemed publication has become something of a British institution, so, to celebrate its 90th birthday, the Museum of London will be exhibiting magazines, clips, broadcast artefacts and original photography and artwork from their archive.

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    It’s almost been a full calendar year since we last checked in with Polish, German-based illustrator Roman Klonek but his new show in Hamburg gives us the perfect excuse to revisit this master of the woodcut. There’s a dreamlike quality running throughout his new series, with odd animalistic figures, strange unidentifiable objects and totemistic patterns combining to form scenes (or in the case of Fat of the Land above, entire worlds) which have unsettling echoes of the creations of our subconscious. Occasionally little snippets of what looks like Cyrillic text add to the otherworldly experience, but on the whole Roman is happy to let his magisterial image-making speak for itself.

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    Why Not Associates is one of London’s foremost graphic design studios whose brilliance across branding, print, motion and environmental design has been proved time and time again. Celebrating a quarter of a century since its foundation, a show at the ggg gallery in Tokyo brings together their greatest hits, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the studio’s many successes, in particular those which push the possibilities of typography in innovative and exciting ways.

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    The new exhibition in Brooklyn’s Colab Projectspace, Wood and Pulp, sees artists Scotty Albrecht and Damion Silver discern new common ground between the strikingly different mediums of wood and paper. Taking the concept of balance as the central idea, the artwork is founded upon the notion of craftsmanship, reinventing and reforming found objects in muted kaleidoscopic works of collage and assemblage. Craftmanship is a key influence in the show; both artists are self-taught woodworkers and their mastery of their medium is evident in the beautifully constructed pieces they have contributed.

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    A great show here from Brandon Graham, a highly acclaimed comic strip and graphic novel artist whose work acts as a well-illustrated bridge between day-to-day mundanity and life on far-off planets. This exhibition celebrates the launch of his new book, Walrus, which is “a punning, humorous and sexy universe of machines, logos, women, and bumbling men, all cast in an alternate sci-fi universe.”

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    Exhibitions as brilliant as this don’t come along very often, and prove not just that function can be as necessary as form, but also that fascinating, contemporary objects placed in archaic interiors nearly always look spectacular. Dans le Jardin, dans le Ciel, dans la Cave by Alberto Biagetti is currently running at Galerie Italienne and is a collection of fascinating objects, each with their own individual stories to tell.

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    American cartoonist and illustrator Charles Burns first acquired a gaggle of avid comic book fans in the early 1980s with his drawings for avant-garde comic magazine RAW and his portfolio of stomach-churningly visceral ink illustration, not least the seminal graphic novel Black Hole. He’s had us screwing up our eyes in equal parts tense astonishment and discomfort ever since.

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    The Design Museum has already announced its winners of the annual Designs of the Year showcase and we were thrilled to see the GOV.UK site scoop the top prize. But with just a few weeks of the accompanying exhibition set to run, now is YOUR chance to have a say on which designs really knocked your socks off. The Visitor Vote throws the power to the people and anyone can cast their vote at the pop-up polling station as to which of the 99 entries is their favourite.