A preview of our feature on Kemistry Gallery in the latest Printed Pages

Date
13 January 2015
Reading Time
1 minute read

In November 2014 it was announced that London’s Kemistry Gallery was leaving its Shoreditch home after an astronomical rent rise it was unable to meet. Much of the conversation around the news looked forward to the future, amid ambitious plans for a bigger, better space that could become a UK centre for graphic art and design.

But we thought it was also a good chance to look back at ten extraordinary years of exhibitions through the graphics used to advertise them. Milton Glaser says that Kemistry’s “curatorial instincts are impeccable” and their posters are proof of an unerring eye for showcasing and celebrating the best practitioners around, from the industry’s leading lights (Seymour Chwast, Ken Garland, Saul Bass) to exciting rising stars (most of whom have subsequently gone on to be highly-celebrated in their field).

In the Winter issue of Printed Pages we spoke to Kemistry founder Graham McCallum about the potential of graphic art and its legacy, and showed off some of the gallery’s best posters from their impressive back catalogue. Here’s a selection of some that we published, and some that we didn’t have room for because, if we’re honest, you’d need a whole book to fully capture the Kemistry back catalogue.

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Printed Pages: Kemistry Gallery Feature (Stefan Glerum)

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Printed Pages: Kemistry Gallery Feature (Seymour Chwast & Milton Glaser)

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Printed Pages: Kemistry Gallery Feature (Macdonald Gill)

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Printed Pages: Kemistry Gallery Feature (Jean Jullien)

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Printed Pages: Kemistry Gallery Feature (Hans Hillmann)

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Printed Pages: Kemistry Gallery Feature (Hvass & Hannibal)

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Printed Pages: Kemistry Gallery Feature (Parra)

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Printed Pages Winter 2014

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James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and came back in summer of 2012 to work online and latterly as Print Editor, before leaving in May 2015.

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