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.
- Mariana Malhão's illustrations depict "a world inside a world"
- Max Siedentopf offers silly but significant advice in his latest series, Instructions for World Peace
- XZY explores the “visual alchemies of the phenomenon fake" in its debut issue
- Steven Bliss' distant yet familiar series, Boys
- Friday Mixtape: Shopping pick a mix of bands to be excited to be about
- Illustrator Cécile Dormeau on body diversity and defying convention
- The Guardian unveils redesign across print and online
- Aron Klein's captivating images of the Bulgarian demon chasers
- The rebrand for Russia’s tourist board uses Suprematist geometry laid out as a map
- Compare your selfies to fine art through the Google Arts and Culture app’s newest feature
- Coca-Cola reveals custom typeface, TCCC Unity, inspired by its modernist heritage
- Graphic designer Bryan Rivera references mistakes and imperfections in his portfolio