Exhibition Archive

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    We are now so used to stars being photographed on film sets – indeed it’s become the stock-in-trade for a certain kind of magazine – that’s it’s hard to grasp the fact that at one time it was a real novelty. But photographer Bob Willoughby is credited as the first “outsider” invited into the mysterious behind-the-scenes world of movie-making and his extraordinary images documented the biggest celebrities in their downtime across three decades. Think James Dean learning his lines on the set of Rebel without A Cause, Sophia Loren cuddling Elvis and Gene Kelly placing dancers on the set of Brigadoon.

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    We can’t be the only ones getting a bit tired of clipart pumpkins affixed to anything and everything in a desperate bid to cash in on Halloween and we were crying out for a genuinely interesting spooky surprise. Enter Marc Hagan-Guirey who makes kirigami (i.e. single-sheet) paper sculptures of the houses from famous scary films.

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    There’s something unnerving about tennis. In its relentlessly middle-class microcosm – a world of scarily starched whites and passive aggressive line calls (“It looked on the line to me Rosemary”) – the usual rules of society tend to get somewhat skewed but it takes an insider to get underneath the outwardly respectable veneer.

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    Even though the onset of winter is more about log fires and thermal undies than the gorgeous, brain-flippingly sweet sensation of biting into an ice cream, London’s V&A museum is paying homage to this humble frozen delicacy.

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    Typography is a bit like offal. There are those who love it, obsess over its finer points and see themselves at the vanguard of an evangelical mission to convince others of its qualities. But there are others who don’t get it, don’t really want to think about it but are happy to eat sausages when the occasion arises. Where was I? No idea, anyway the point is as with every facet of the so-called communication arts, the digital revolution has changed and is continuing to change everything.

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    Visitors to Istanbul are so overwhelmed with well-meaning but intimidatingly numerous hints and tips (go here! eat this!) that navigating the city’s many sights can be slightly overwhelming. But The Museum of Innocence whispers where others shout and yet it’s undoubtedly one of the most energising, intriguing museum experiences imaginable.

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    You can’t move in London at the moment without catching site of one of Daido Moriyama’s images plastered to the side of a bus, hanging from a billboard or blowing around a busy street on the cover of a discarded flyer. The man is everywhere. But with two coinciding shows on in the capital at the moment (one at Tate Modern, the other at Michael Hoppen Gallery) it’s hardly surprising.

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    It may have been tempting for the organisers of Istanbul’s inaugural design biennial (the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts or IKSV) to play it safe with the programme but instead they’ve taken on some intellectually rigorous ideas with real flair. This is exemplified in Adhocracy, a show at the Galata Greek School curated by Domus editor Joseph Grima, which is a nuanced and thought-provoking look at the user as part of the design process.

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    According to the curators: “Particle physics and illustration are about to collide in the culmination of the Jiggling Atoms project,” which is quite a big ask when you consider the disparity between those two disciplines; one a rigorous scientific practice concerned with understanding and manipulating the invisible, the other a visual discipline based on narratives and communicating ideas. But the Jiggling Atoms team have been careful in their selection of artists and made a sterling job of curating a truly coherent show.

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    To us Brits, Los Angeles retains a mystique learned during childhood and UK visitors often struggle to square their very defined sense of the city with the sprawling, overwhelming mass of humanity we encounter. But culturally speaking it remains one of the most significant places on earth, and what better way to engage with that culture than through a 66-year-old family-run printers.

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    Issues around digital and print media, information overload and our changing habits of consumption tend to be mired in fairly dry academic debates, so it’s nice to see a project exploring them in a more creative way.

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    Musician, socialite, dominatrix, full-time muse and transgender icon Amanda Lepore is no stranger to the lens. Having served as David LaChapelle’s creative inspiration since the early 1990s she’s spent more than her fair share of time in front of a camera. But her role in Elias Wessel’s new series There Must Be More To Life casts her in a more restrained, infinitely less neon light.

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    The “back to the land movement” families and communities of modern America are some of the least-documented elements in the make-up of modern capitalism’s heartland. Their rejection of contemporary technologies and lifestyles in favour of a more natural, perhaps primitive, existence is so at odds with the USA’s ideals and objectives that you’d struggle not to be fascinated by the manner in which these extraordinary folks choose to live.

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    Architect Akihisa Hirata was part of the Japanese pavilion that just won the top prize at the Venice Architecture Biennale, but rather than shoot off on a champagne-fuelled celebratory speedboat tour harassing gondolas, he’s headed to London for his first international solo show.

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    European Union border agreements might not be the most obvious starting point for a design showcase but when you think about it they have been integral to the new generation’s creative education. With such free movement between European countries, designers have been able to absorb different cultures and approaches far more easily than their predecessors, boosted by exchange programmes like Erasmus.

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    At this year’s London Design Festival, The V&A wanted to open up some of its hidden spaces to public view and use them to host projects which would create unique experiences. For the museum’s flagship LDF offering they have achieved this – and then some.

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    As ever the V&A is taking centre stage at this year’s London Design Festival with the usual mix of ambitious and well-conceived projects. Nendo’ s Mimicry Chairs is one of the exhibits on show at the flagship venue and as with many of the V&A’s offerings over the years, the project references and reacts to the space, or rather spaces, in which it sits.

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    The punk movement is not something I remember and yet its graphic vernacular is immediately recognisable. A new book and show at London’s Hayward Gallery brings together posters, fanzines, flyers, clothes, photographs and other visual ephemera which sprung forth from this particularly British countercultural movement. But Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage, the editors of Punk: An Aesthetic believe punk’s aesthetic can be enjoyed both on its own terms and for its legacy which still endures to this day.

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    This year’s London Design Festival which kicks off officially this weekend is the event’s tenth anniversary, but graphic design studio Build is going one better, holding a show to mark 11 years in the business. Creative director Michael C Place struck out on his own after leaving The Designers Republic in Sheffield and hasn’t looked back, amassing a roster of design-savvy clients like Nokia, The Design Museum and Getty Images.

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    Edward Lear is best known for his nonsense verse, the first poetry I came across as a youngster and so the standard by which I still judge everyone else (note to all other poets, you’re very serious). But the man who made silliness an artform began his career at the other end of the stupidity-serious spectrum working as a zoological illustrator.

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    Wednesdays, who likes Wednesdays? Middle of the week, middle of the road, nothing to write home about but oh this Wednesday, this Wednesday is a glorious one. Because this Wednesday marks the opening of the Design Museum’s fifth annual Designers in Residence exhibition and, showcasing some of the very best young and emerging design talent, the results are quite a spectacle.

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    Wander along London’s South Bank between now and mid-January and sooner or later you’ll stumble upon a giant perspex box containing a beautiful array of Swarovski crystals. But before you think an oligarch has left something behind, you’ll realise it’s part of the Design Museum’s new exhibition Digital Crystal (in association with Swarovski).

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    If you’re looking for a man to call the grandfather of British illustration (you probably aren’t but I am, so bear with me), then there’s really only one name that springs to mind. Brian Grimwood, founder of the second most famous CIA, is widely credited with changing the face of British illustration in the 1960s with his progressive attitude and beautifully fluid lines – a marked contrast from the restrained, laborious clean-line style often used by turn of the century practitioners.

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    Make sure that if you’re in London you check out another cracker of a show at London’s KK Outlet, this time showcasing the underground illustrations of Jamaican dancehalls. Curated by music aficionados Suze Webb and Al Fingers, the show (which opens tonight) is a selection of some of the artwork created in the 1980s by some of the go-to artists of the time, to those still standing strong and keeping it alive today.

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    Norwegian graphic design studio Your Friends have got such a vast amount of great work going on their beautiful new website that we’ve struggled to decide how to show you the work. Is it snapshots of numerous different projects – like the comprehensive identity design for Arts and Business, a membership organisation dedicated to fostering partnerships between the corporate and creative sectors? A snapshot of numerous different projects – they span everything from beautifully type-set events posters to websites for Norway’s only illustration agency? Or do we just show you one, really wonderful project?

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    In 2006 comedians Owen Powell and Alex Horne set themselves the gruelling task of finding and meeting a citizen from every country in the world currently living and working in London. At the time there were 192 countries officially recognised by the UN – sadly Owen and Alex failed in their task (only by a margin of three) but helped prove to the world that London is one of the most culturally diverse cities out there.

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    Today marks the 21st anniversary of Blur’s first ever album release, Leisure and has also sprung a subsequent collectors box set release cannily titled Blur 21 . So, for my usual Monday Morning Music Video slot it feels like sacrilege to dedicate the pixels to anyone else. I’ve wasted months, if not years of my life watching music videos and from the thousands that have entered my eyes, Blur’s always seem to leave a lasting impression. Triumphs include making a discarded milk carton huggable ( Coffee & TV ) to bathing with page 3 girls ( Country House ) and we’ve even run our own feature on their success back in February. But now, there’s a complete YouTube collection of their back catalogue, and a stonking exhibition of photographs at Londonnewcastle on Redchurch Street to boot. Use this week as an excuse to gorge yourself on as many as your boss will let you.

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    Italian comics artist Paolo Parisi has recently spent some time away from his usual framed narratives, applying his capable hands to some wonderfully expressive portraits. Ladies Sing the Blues is a fairly self-explanatory body of work that features inkily rendered representations of some of the late, great women of early 20th Century R&B. It’s got Ella, Nina and Aretha, not to mention Billie, Bessie and Ma all immortalised in Paolo’s signature style.

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    Aleksandra Mir’s Triumph is a massive installation of trophies – 2,529, to be precise – from every genre of sport, dating from the 1970s. The project was inspired by the artist’s visit to the house of an ageing friend who had been a very successful athlete in his youth, and whose prowess was demonstrated in a shrine-like room dedicated to the prizes and photographs of his glory days. She was struck by the conflicting aspects of it all; the drama, speed and excitement of those victorious seconds, the sadness that they could never be returned to, and the sense that some day those much-anticipated and thrilling moments would be reduced to nothing more than a series of trophy-engravings and clippings.

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    We’re pretty keen on the work of Aussie designers A Friend of Mine; their holistic approach to design has been yielding consistently great results for almost three years now and spans a range of disciplines, taking in retail design, branding, web design and even the occasional spot of weaving. It’s an admirable quality in a studio to approach each project with fresh eyes and an open approach to new media.

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    Jo Longhurst has a CV longer than my arm (which is long) that includes seemingly hundreds of group and solo shows across the world, reproductions in numerous books and even a cheeky PhD from the Royal College of Art. All of which leads us to believe she’s an incredibly talented woman and this suspicion is confirmed by the sheer beauty of her work and the meticulous attitude she takes towards her practice.

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    Not long ago we featured a man on the site who possessed such a mighty creative power that he moved us all deeply and it was generally acknowledged around the studio that he was an illustration sensation. His name was Nathaniel Russell. At that time he was preparing for a show in Paris that some friends of ours made an arduous 16 hour bus journey to attend, and by all accounts it was a most excellent show (we feel like damned fools for not getting on that bus with them).

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    This afternoon sees the Beta launch of Google and the Science Museum’s new collaborative project Chrome Web Lab, a giant interactive body of works that allow visitors and anyone with an internet connection to manipulate five unique experiments within the museum itself. These include a web-powered robotic orchestra, custom-built sketchbooks that draw digital images in sand and an interactive map of the world’s online data. Every project is brought to life using the web’s most recent upgrades (like HTML5) with the intention of enticing a new generation of potential developers into the digital realm.

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    Danish Graphic designer Camilla Bengtsen has a portfolio of seriously considered, beautifully communicative design that belies her young age. A graduate of the Danish School of Media and Journalism she’s already amassed a wealth of industry experience, and it really shows – her application of varying graphic styles is testament to a thoughtful approach to design that goes beyond fleeting trends.

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    This year’s Deutche Börse Photography Prize exhibition opens tommorrow – July 13 – at London’s Photographers’ Gallery. The annual competition was was founded in 1996 by the gallery and since 2005 had run in collaboration with the Deutche Börse Group (hence the name). It aims to reward £30,000 to a contemporary photographer of any nationality who has made the most significant contribution to photography this past year – either in the contexts of publication or exhibition.

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    Vanessa Lam’s conceptual identity for the Center for Land Use Interpretation presents an incredibly thorough and engaging piece of branding albeit for an organisation that never commissioned her work. If they had perhaps the client would have inhibited her impressive designs, but let’s ignore that notion for the time being.

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    Let me introduce Henrik Vibskov – he seems like a very cool guy, a modern day polymath, if you will. I recently came across his menswear spring summer 2013 collection, a mixture of sharp tailored pieces and jazzy day wear having a love affair with polka dots.

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    The party of portraits that Luke Rudolph is currently exhibiting at the Kate MacGarry gallery pack quite an expressive punch. Ranging, according to the gallery, from the “convivial to the furious” the likes of which I personally identified as “obnoxious”, “suspiciously curious” and “politely oblivious” in the emotive mix – such is the pareidolic power of these works that they’re bound to evoke something different from everyone.

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    The key to curating any big exhibition is structure – clear enough to help users navigate the space but not so heavy-handed that they feel patronised or put upon. If you can create something that looks great then so much the better, and Fabio Novembre’s work on the Triennale Design Museum’s Grafica italiana show ticks all the right boxes.

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    Edvard Munch and social networking – who’d have seen the connection? Well, Tate Modern have and in their new exhibition of Munch’s work, there is a large variety of snaps the artist took of himself; his face is usually turned away from the camera, like an aloof Facebook profile photo, and the curators speculate that these self-made shots are the first such images in photographic history.