Reviews

7 February 2016

Picture an orphan

Picture an orphan

What do Luke Skywalker and Oliver Twist have in common? Clare Walters reviews Drawing on Childhood at the Foundling Museum
Given the perennial struggle against war, famine, disease and poverty, it is not surprising that many myths and fairy tales feature orphans, foundlings and fostered or abandoned children – think of Romulus and Remus, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Hansel and Gretel, writes Clare Walters.

29 January 2016

Free spirit of Victorian photography

Free spirit of Victorian photography

Two London exhibitions show the pioneering work of photographer Julia Margaret Cameron
Two current exhibitions in London’s museum district celebrate the work of pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, writes Maggie Malone

14 January 2016

Warning cries

Warning cries

Paul Rennie casts new light on RoSPA’s safety posters. Review of Safety First by Clare Walters
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) employed many of the best designers of the twentieth century to make its safety posters.

4 December 2015

Illustration as anthropology

Illustration as anthropology

In Assembly Point, a new gallery space in Peckham, eleven illustrators take a critical approach to their practice
This exhibition of contemporary illustrators is a serious affair, writes Colin Davies.

30 September 2015

Pop justice

Pop justice

art, pop, pop art, tate modern

The curators of ‘The World Goes Pop’ have scoured the globe for overlooked and under-appreciated artists from a moment when art collided with the mass media
It is hard to dislike ‘The World Goes Pop’ (Tate Modern), with its mad visual assault on the senses, starting with Ushio Shinohara’s Doll Festival (1966) and finishing with Komar and Melamid’s mordant take-down of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Indiana, writes John L. Walters

27 August 2015

Illustrated gumbo

Illustrated gumbo

A children’s picturebook about jazz musician Trombone Shorty brims with positive vibes
The story of children’s picturebook Trombone Shorty is a familiar one, writes John L. Walters.

6 August 2015

The illusion of artivism

The illusion of artivism

This new book assembles a visually engaging patchwork of contemporary art and design collectives. Review by Alice Butler
A blonde woman in a cream coat sits next to a man in a navy jacket. They are on the subway, gazing at their mirror images, but there is no mirror, writes Alice Butler.

7 July 2015

Posters of protest and peace

Posters of protest and peace

This Czech poster book contains much that is fresh and surprising, but makes some odd omissions. Review by Ken Garland
The context for the work shown in this book is usefully established by the 70 photographs that form its endpapers, writes Ken Garland.

26 June 2015

Exhibition ephemera

Exhibition ephemera

Graphic designers collect all kinds of ephemera, from boxes crammed with flyers to pinboards covered in cards and clippings. The latest book from Occasional Papers – the imprint founded by designer Sara De Bondt and curator Antony Hudek in 2008 – is a testament to this impulse, writes Elizabeth Glickfeld.

17 April 2015

Books received #14

Books received #14

An Atlas of Agendas, Communication Design, In Almost Every Picture, The Bright Labyrinth, Print is Dead. Long Live Print
Here is a quick look at some titles that have recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office.
 
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