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8 December 2010

Take (imaginary) cover

Take (imaginary) cover

liz farrelly

Book design fans shelter from the snow at StolenSpace’s ‘Never judge …’ show
Despite the snowy weather, London’s art and design fans came out in force last Thursday for the launch of an unprecedented alliance, writes Liz Farrelly. Those guardians of literary taste, Penguin Books, have teamed up with StolenSpace, an artist-run gallery that’s fast becoming a 21st-century cultural landmark.

2 December 2010

Horse play

Horse play

john ridpath

Eadweard Muybridge’s miscellaneous acts of captured motion
In ‘Adventures in Motion Graphics’ in Eye 77, we explored how time-based picture taking (in forms such as slideshows, film, ‘motos’ and long portraits) were transforming traditional photography, writes John Ridpath. But one practitioner was already blurring the boundary between still and moving images more than a hundred years ago.

25 November 2010

Spinning, swirling, reeling

Spinning, swirling, reeling

This history of mind-altering drugs favours the eye over the brain
‘High Society’, the Wellcome Collection’s latest exhibition, aims to chart a 2000-year history of mind-altering drugs, legal and otherwise, writes Rosie Walters.

12 November 2010

À la mode

À la mode

chris brawn

The 50-year career of Hollywood’s greatest costume designer, Edith Head
The voracious appetite of the publishing industry often results in monographs being issued before the subject has even established a career, let alone maintained it over a suitable time period, writes Chris Brawn.

4 November 2010

Symphonic scrawl

Symphonic scrawl

john l. walters

777 classical music album covers from the collection of Dr Horst Scherg
A copy of Classique: Cover Art for Classical Music arrived in the Eye office too late to be mentioned in our recent music design special (Eye 76), writes John L. Walters.

2 November 2010

Flatpack monuments

Flatpack monuments

sally jeffery

A cat’s-eye view of the art of architectural paper modelling
The maddest cardboard object in the Museum of Childhood’s ‘Cut It, Fold It’ exhibition is a cat pump, writes Sally Jeffery. Or is it the Cardhenge?

28 October 2010

Penguins with attitude

Penguins with attitude

john l. walters

Illustrative wrecks and rescues at the publisher’s New York office.
Despite its celebratory title and retro cover design, Penguin 75 is actually a book about contemporary book design, writes John L. Walters. Its editor, Paul Buckley – otherwise known as ‘VP Executive Creative Director’ at Penguin’s New York office – has chosen 75 wildly different book cover projects from the past decade (listed alphabetically by title), and presented them together with alternate covers and sketches, alongside short commentaries by the authors, art directors, editors, illustrators and photographers.

22 October 2010

Catch them before they vanish

Catch them before they vanish

alison bakker

Taking a close look at Ken Garland’s little photo books
After the success of his previous set of books, writes Alison Bakker, Ken Garland (see Reputations in Eye 66) has released three more: A close look at landscape sequences, A close look at street graphics of Brighton and A close look at the buddy bears of Berlin. Although he didn’t plan it this way, Garland seems to be making a photographic record of things that are transitory.

13 October 2010

Due process

Due process

jan middendorp

Porto plays host to an inspiring AGI Open conference
This year’s AGI (Alliance Graphique International) conference is taking place in Porto, a spectacular yet run-down city that bears many traces of Portugal’s current economic crisis, writes Jan Middendorp.

4 October 2010

Vive la pernque rerque!

Vive la pernque rerque!

roger sabin

French punk collective Bazooka have their first British retrospective
The Bazooka show at The Aubin Gallery in London’s East End is the first time the French punk-era collective has been given a retrospective in this country, writes Roger Sabin.
 
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