Tuesday, 9:00am
24 December 2013

Autograph monograph

Pretty Pictures

By Marian Bantjes
Thames and Hudson, £42 / $75

A new book shows Marian Bantjes’ deep personal engagement with her work. Review of Pretty Pictures by Mark Porter.

Pretty Pictures covers the astonishing body of work Marian Bantjes produced over nine years after a radical mid-career reinvention. It is essentially a conventional monograph, but nothing about Bantjes is entirely conventional, writes Mark Porter.


Read the full text of Mark Porter’s review ‘Prolific polymath’ in Eye 88.

Rick Valicenti (2004), Herrainco Christmas Project (2004), N (2004), Sterling Brands Pattern (2004) and Youme 3 AKA Alienhead (2005).


GDC/BC Annual Report for The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, 2004 (left), and Alien Plant Pattern, 2004 (right).


Holiday Books for The New York Times Book Review, Wedding Lace for InStyle Weddings, There is a True and Sincere Friendship Between You Both and Caesars logo sketches for Pentagram, all 2006.


Hemlock cake decorations, 2011.


‘Sustainability’, one of a series of posters for Stora Ensa paper company.



Mark Porter is principal of Mark Porter Associates.

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