Reviews

15 April 2011

In graphic detail – Critique on Kiki

In graphic detail – Critique on Kiki

rick poynor

See Rick Poynor’s latest Critique – about Catel and Bocquet’s graphic biography of Surrealist icon Kiki de Montparnasse
I had some reservations about Kiki de Montparnasse, a new graphic biography of the artists’ model and muse, painter, singer of bawdy songs and celebrity, who came to fame in Paris in the 1920s, writes Rick Poynor in Eye 79.

31 March 2011

Fresh garbage

Fresh garbage

archive, homepage, medicine, science

‘Matter out of place’ and filthy reality at the Wellcome’s new show
The Wellcome Collection’s new show is all about ‘Dirt: The filthy reality of everyday life’, writes Rosie Walters. The science, the sociology, the history and the horror of waste forms the basis of this free London exhibition. It is not based on the science of dirt, but on the context in which it is found, and our attitudes towards it over the years.

28 March 2011

Magnificent seven

Magnificent seven

peter griffith

Quickfire presentations by Manchester designers at ‘Inspiration Night’
Following the inspirational presentations put on at the Manchester Design Symposium last Wednesday, approximately 150 enthused creatives made their way across the road to the Deaf Institute for an extended event hosted by Northern Digitals, suitably dubbed ‘Inspiration Night’, writes Peter Griffith.

19 January 2011

Rip and recycle

Rip and recycle

alexander ecob, books received

A tear-out-and-frame approach to sustainable graphics
Many regard climate change as a problem, but there are precious few who conquer their apathy long enough to do anything about it, writes Alexander Ecob.

17 December 2010

Escape from nostalgia

Escape from nostalgia

alexander ecob

Letterpress methods and the struggle between progress and pastiche
As Christmas draws closer, many of us can look forward to receiving wonderful gifts which after a brief honeymoon find themselves at the back of cupboards or serving as an impromptu clothes-horse, writes Alexander Ecob.

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.
 
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