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20 January 2022

Celebrating London’s Libraries
St. Bride Foundation is hosting an online talk, bringing into light the wealth of hidden specialist libraries and archives, which can be found all over London. Featuring talks by BFI Reuben Library, Cartoon Museum Library, The Feminist Library, RBG Kew Library and Archives, National Poetry Library, Marx Memorial Library, and (of course) St Bride Library.

Tickets: £3–5 / Online vis Zoom / 7–9pm (GMT)

20 January — 19 February 2022

The Architecture Drawing Prize
Sir John Soane’s Museum hosts an exhibition of shortlisted entries from The Architecture Drawing Prize 2020 and 2021. Now in its fifth year, the prize attracts entries from across the world and displays the best and most innovative architectural drawing of today.

Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP 

Above: Overall and Hybrid Winner 2020: Apartment #5, a Labyrinth and Repository of Spatial Memories by Clement Laurencio, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

21 January 2022

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Visualizing the Invisible: Covid-19 Information Design

Hosted by Paul Kahn (see ‘The pandemic that launched a thousand visualisations’ in Eye 101).

Register here for this free Zoom event at 12 noon EDT; 17:00 GMT

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to 21 January 2022

Architecture and Design Film Festival
Thirteenth edition of the Architecture and Design Film Festival, the world’s largest film festival devoted to architecture and design through curated screenings of films, talks, events and panel discussions. The festival will premiere MAU, feature-length documentary about design visionary, Bruce Mau (See Reputations: Bruce Mau in Eye 38).

Various locations at different dates: New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington and Online

17 January — 16 April 2022

Quentin Blake: Illustrating Verse
Whilst House of Illustration awaits its new home at the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration (read about it on the Eye blog), a touring exhibition dedicated to Quentin Blake’s illustrations for poetry starts its first leg. The exhibition celebrates Blake’s illustrations for popular nursery rhymes like ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ and famous poems like ‘The Jabberwocky’, while also shining a light on less well-known works for the likes of Sylvia Plath and T. S. Eliot.

You can watch Quentin Blake – The Drawing of My Life documentary currently on iPlayer.

Free of charge

Kirkby Gallery, Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY

Above: The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear © Quentin Blake

21-24 January 2022

Following the breath
Artist and designer Sam Winston (see Eye 94) is running a workshop exploring the connections between the act of breathing and process of drawing. The purpose of the workshop is to illustrate our reciprocal relationship with plants and explore the relationship between air quality, environmental issues and mindful creative practice.

In-person / Free

Barbican Conservatory, Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS 

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ONGOING

to 23 January 2022

A Vocabulary, Bruce Connew
Over several years, photographer and artist Bruce Connew has roamed the many memorials and gravestones of Aotearoa’s colonial wars to seek out the texts on these testaments to folly: A vocabulary of colonisation. A Vocabulary (Vapour Momenta Books, 2021) is an artist book designed by Catherine Griffiths and Bruce Connew, with He Mōteatea The Lament and essay by Dr Rangihīroa Panoho (see Books received #20 on Eye blog).

Tauranga Art Gallery, Cnr Wharf and Willow Streets, Downtown Tauranga, Aotearoa New Zealand
Open daily 10am — 4pm

to 23 January 2022

Noguchi
An exhibition celebrating Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-88), whose practice spanned sculpture, architecture, dance and design across six decades. This exhibition, which is his first touring retrospective in Europe for twenty years, focuses on Noguchi as a global citizen and his risk-taking approach to sculpture as a living environment.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS.

Above: Portrait of Isamu Noguchi, 4 July 1947. Photograph by Arnold Newman © Arnold Newman Collection / Getty Images / INFGM / ARS – DACS

to 23 January 2022

Light Lines: The Architectural Photographs of Hélène Binet  
Over the past 30 years, Hélène Binet has travelled the world to photograph historic and contemporary buildings, as well as projects in the making. Considered “the architect’s photographer” by many, Binet has worked closely with Zaha Hadid RA, Daniel Libeskind Hon RA and Peter Zumthor Hon RA among others, who have turned to her to interpret their work.

Tickets £17

Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Above: Hélène Binet, Le Corbusier, Canons de lumière, Couvent Sainte-Marie de la Tourette, Eveux, France, 2007.

to 23 January 2022

Richard Benson: The World Is Smarter Than You Are
This the first in-depth survey of Benson’s own photography and is accompanied by a publication of the same title. The show includes around 100 works that convey his exploration of photographic processes, embrace of technologies, and a deep empathy for his human subjects.

Above: Scottish Engine, Puerto Rico ca. 1980, by Richard Benson (American, 1943-2017). Gelatin silver print, image and sheet: 7.5 × 9.5 inches, mount: 18 × 14 inches. © Estate of Richard M. A. Benson. Promised gift of William M. and Elizabeth Ann Kahane.

Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2021.

to 24 January 2022

Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You.
The exhibition showcases the full breadth of Barbara Kruger’s career—from early and rarely seen ‘pasteups’, to digital productions of the last two decades. The presentation includes works on vinyl, site-specific installations, animations, and multichannel video installations.

General Admission from $19

Art Institute Chicago, 159 East Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603

Read ‘Reputations: Barbara Kruger’ by Karrie Jacobs in Eye 5.
 

to 26 January 2022

AdeY – Uncensored
With a humorous and experimental approach, AdeY seeks to highlight our own background and experience of the human body, and explore the perception of the viewer and the outside world. Uncensored is his exhibition and book in response to the constant censorship of his work by Instagram.

GALERIE XII LOS ANGELES, 2525 Michigan Ave Suite B2, Santa Monica, CA 90404 

to 28 January 2022

Shaping Space – Architectural Models Revealed

Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

Monday–Friday: 9am–6pm; Saturday: 10am-4pm; Sunday: Closed

Above: Shaping Space - Architectural Models Revealed © Francesco Russo

to 30 January 2022

Young Poland: An Arts & Crafts Movement
William Morris Gallery will present a major exhibition on the decorative arts and architecture of Young Poland (Młoda Polska). The exhibition will focus on the movement’s foremost figure Stanisław Wyspiański – the Polish counterpart to William Morris. Works on show will span textiles, furniture, stained glass, architecture, woodcarvings, ceramics and paper cuttings, as well as paintings and illustration.

William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, London E17 4PP, UK

to 30 January 2022

Change Everything 
Exhibition ‘Change Everything’, co-curated by Anthony Burrill, presents contemporary practitioners advocating for change through protest, and highlights the power of art in documenting and driving our future. The exhibition features works from Anthony Burrill (see Eye 75), Aida Wilde, Brunel Johnson, Fraser Muggeridge (see Eye 75 and Eye 100), Jeremy Deller, Paris 68 Redux, People Dem Collective, Sarah Boris (see Eye 101), Sarah-Joy Ford and Theo Hersey. Working with charity partner Music Declares Emergency, and incorporating a month-long events programme, the exhibition hopes to itself become a catalyst for change and conversation.

the depot_ Shoreditch, 33 Boundary Street, London, E2 7JQ, UK

to 30 January 2022

Picasso, Shared and Divided: The Artist and His Image in East and West Germany
The exhibition features political works, such as the painting Massacre in Korea (1951) from the Musée Picasso in Paris. These are shown alongside some 150 exhibits that reflect the impact of Picasso’s work: exhibition views, posters, catalogues, press reports, letters, files, films, and television reports, as well as a theater curtain from the Berliner Ensemble on which Bertolt Brecht had “the peace dove militant of my brother Picasso” painted.

Tickets: adults €11, under-18s Free

Museum Ludwig, Hein¬rich-Böll-Platz, 50667 Köln, Germany

to 30 January 2022

Now You See Me Moria
Post/No/Bills #2

In POST/NO/BILLS, the Stedelijk shows contemporary graphic design. For this second edition, the floor is given to the collective Now You See Me Moria. On view are photos taken by residents of the Moria refugee camp in Greece, and the activist posters that graphic designers subsequently created based on the photos.

to 30 January 2022

Eric Ravilious: Downland Man
Curated by James Russell, Downland Man explores Eric Ravilious’s fascination for the chalk downlands of Wiltshire and Sussex. The exhibition will explore this attraction and relate it to the national fascination with downland landscapes, mythology and archaeology, which gripped Britain between the wars.  It will include darkly menacing war-time views of the coastline, including the famous ‘White Cliffs’ of Dover.

Wiltshire Museum, 41 Long Street, Devizes, Wiltshire. SN10 1NS, UK

to 31 January 2022

W. E. B. Du Bois: Charting Black Lives  
W. E. B. Du Bois: Charting Black Lives displays the complete set of 63 graphics shown at the 1900 Paris Exposition, produced by Du Bois and a team of African American students from his sociology laboratory at Atlanta University. These visually innovative graphs, charts and maps formed a radical new approach to refuting racism, using strikingly presented facts and statistics to counter contemporary white supremacy.

Admission: €5

Westergas, Pazzanistraat 6, Amsterdam.  

Above: Distribution of Negroes in the United States, 1900, ink and watercolour © W. E. B. Du Bois

to 1 February 2022

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Light Years: The Photographers’ Gallery at 50
‘Light Years’ is a special four-part exhibition series in celebration of TPG’s 50th anniversary. Arranged around four thematic displays each ‘chapter’ draws on rarely seen materials from the Gallery’s archive to explore key moments or movements in both the Gallery’s history and the photography landscape more widely.

Curated by writer, researcher, academic and broadcaster, David Brittain, ‘Light Years’ draws on the Gallery’s rich exhibition programme and reflects on its legacy as an influential educational resource.

Exhibition Admission £5/£2.50 Concessions

The Photographers Gallery, 16 – 18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW

to 6 February 2022

You Won’t Bleed Me: How Blaxploitation Posters Defined Cool & Delivered Profits
For years, the term ‘Blaxploitation’ has been used derisively to dismiss or caricature a bygone era of low-budget Black cinema—but it was and is so much more. This exhibit honours the impact of Blaxploitation and its contemporary resonance.

General admission from $8

Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street New York, NY 10011, USA.

Above: Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold, 1975, by Robert Tanenbaum

to 6 February 2022

The Push Pin Legacy
Exhibition celebrating the posters of the Push Pin Studios. Founded in 1954 by Seymour Chwast, Milton Glaser, Edward Sorel, and Reynold Ruffins, Push Pin made a significant contribution to American commercial illustration. 

Read Steven Heller’s ‘Milton Glaser: Design Eminence’ in Eye 100.

General admission from $8

Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street New York, NY 10011, USA.

to 6 February 2022

We Are History
Featuring photography, prints, textile, installation and video and exploring issues facing nature today, from damming rivers, rising sea levels, to disposal of hazardous waste, ‘We Are History’ invites visitors to look further back in time, past the Industrial Revolution to the eighteenth-century colonial era, as a key starting point in the reshaping of lives and landscapes on a global scale.

Admission is free / Booking is essential

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA, UK

to 12 February 2022

Bill Owens: Suburbia
This Exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Suburbia, a publication by Bill owens documents 1960's suburbia of northern California. From Tupperware parties, shag carpeting, family barbeques, to 4th July parades, Christmas decorations, and cul-de-sacs, Suburbia, was an important sociological study and photography series that launched Bill Owens’ art career. 

PDNB Gallery, 150 Manufacturing Street, Suite 203, Dallas, Texas 75207 

to 13 February 2022

Helen Levitt: In the Street
This major exhibition presents fifty years (1939-1988) of work by the pioneering American street photographer, Helen Levitt (1913–2009). This retrospective will assemble more than 130 works, charting Levitt’s journey from street reportage to documentary filmmaker and pioneer of colour photography.

Exhibition Admission £5/£2.50 Concessions

The Photographers Gallery, 16 – 18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW, UK

Above: Helen Levitt, New York, 1973 © Film Documents LLC

to 13 February 2022

Fanette Mellier - Feuilles volantes
The exhibition Feuilles Volantes presents a decade of experimental publishing works by French graphic designer Fanette Mellier, where the graphic designer is either author or initiator. Through the production of strange, bizarre books, Mellier forged links between graphic design and literature by commissioning unpublished texts from writers. The graphic stance for the layout of each of these works poses a question and a hypothesis: Isn’t the graphic designer implicitly an author?

Admission: €9

Centre National du Graphisme, 1 Place Émile, Goguenheim, 52000, Chaumont, France

to 17 February 2022

Raissa Pardini: My Type of Revolution
The exhibition explores the work of an Italian artist, multidisciplinary designer and maker Raissa Pardini. From climate change, to lack of diversity in the creative industry, the exhibition features reflective messages using bold typographic statements and equally bold design. My type revolution includes wall to wall prints and posters, with sculptural typography elements.

Pocko Gallery, 51A King Henry’s Walk, N1 4NH, London

to 17 February 2022

Graphic.Designers.Collectors.
The exhibition Graphic.Designers.Collectors. transforms A—Z into a chamber of collections and curiosities. Over 30 graphic designers present their own personal collectibles: from poster stamps to toilet paper, fake documents and queer fanzines – many surprising, very specific and above all unique personal collections and their stories displayed for appreciation and reflection on the topic and its relation to graphic design.

Admission Free / Open Thursday 13:00–19:00

A—Z, Torstrasse 93, 10119 Berlin-Mitte 

to 19 February 2022

Glen Baxter – Inexplicably Vermilion  
British artist and poet, Glen Baxter, often combines popular culture with absurdist messaging in his drawings, forming playful critiques of contemporary society. In this exhibition, Baxter weaves surprising narratives featuring arctic picnics, cowboys pondering modern art, and clandestine gatherings of lepidopterists.

Flowers Gallery, 21 Cork Street, London W1S 3LZ  

Above: Having a Reliable Bagel Delivery Service Did Make LIfe a Touch More Tolerable, Glen Baxter, 2020, Ink and crayon on paper

to 20 February 2022

Waste Age: What can design do?
The exhibition showcases designers who are reinventing our relationship with waste including Formafantasma, Stella McCartney, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Fernando Laposse, Bethany Williams, Phoebe Englishand Natsai Audrey Chieza.

Tickets: Adults £14 – online booking in advance is essential.

Design Museum, 224 - 238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG, United Kingdom.

See ‘Have we all been bad designers’, Richard van der Laken’s take on the No Waste Challenge, on the Eye blog.

 

to 21 February

Adam Pendleton, Who Is Queen?
In his monumental floor-to-ceiling installation, Adam Pendleton has created a spatial collage of text, image, and sound. Who Is Queen? explores Blackness, abstraction, and the avant-garde through three five-story black scaffold towers that resemble the balloon framing typical of American homes. 

The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, USA 

Above: Adam Pendleton. Untitled (WE ARE NOT), 2021. Silkscreen ink on canvas, 120 × 144" (304.8 × 365.76 cm). Image courtesy of the artist.

to 27 February 2022

With Gérard Paris-Clavel
Exhibition presents the works of Gérard Paris-Clavel, French graphic artist and poster designer, who was the co-founder of design collective Grapus and Les Graphistes associés group. 76 posters produced between 1989 and 2014 will be on display at the Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication, as well as across the city of Lyon. (See Reputations: Gérard Paris-Clavel in Eye 27)

Admission: €8/€6

Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication, 13 Rue de la Poulaillerie, 69002 Lyon

Above: Secours populaire logo, used by the association since 1982

to 28 February 2022

Peter Lindbergh: Untold Stories
Lindbergh spent two years selecting images stretching over his four-decade spanning career in which he immortalised some of the world’s most celebrated women in fashion, cinema and beyond. With more than 150 photographs from the early 1980s to 2019, the exhibition offers new and unexpected insights into the work of this legendary photographer.

Muelle de la Bateria, S/N, 15001 A Coruña, Spain 

Above: Linda Evangelista, Michaela Bercu & Kirsten Owen, Pont-à-Mousson, 1988 © Peter Lindbergh (courtesy Peter Lindbergh Foundation, Paris)

to 1 March 2022

St Bride Library at 125 
St Bride Foundation came into being as a place of education, recreation and culture for the ‘people of Fleet Street and Farringdon’ with particular emphasis on those in the printing and associated trades. The exhibition provides a potted history of the Foundation, demonstrating the vital role of the library within the kaleidoscope of activity it offered, and highlighting its original activities (see Why we ♥ St Bride on Eye blog).

St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane Fleet Street, London 

to March 2022

Dennis the Menace, Somerset House

Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules
In the 70th year of Beano’s top mischief-maker Dennis, ‘Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules’ will feature original comic drawings, never previously seen in public, selected across its 4000-plus editions (to date) and rare archive artefacts, alongside works from leading artists and designers, imbued with the same Beano spirit of breaking the rules.  Contributors include artists Bedwyr Williams, Hardeep Pandhal, Fourth Plinth artist Heather Phillipson, Holly Hendry, Lindsey Mendick, Sarah Lucas, Simeon Barclay and editorial cartoonist Martin Rowson.

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA, UK

to March 2022

Amazonia
Delve into stunning portraits of indigenous leaders and their communities, dramatic landscapes taken from intrepid river boat journeys and sweeping aerial shots of the immense waterfalls and stormy skies. Feel immersed in the rainforest through a new soundtrack by renowned composer Jean-Michel Jarre.

Tickets £10

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD, UK

Above: Chaman Yanomami en rituel avant la montée vers le Pico da Neblina, État d’Amazonas, Brésil, 2014 / Yanomami shaman in ritual before the ascent to Pico da Neblina, State of Amazonas, Brazil, 2014 © Sebastião Salgado/nbpictures.

to 6 March 2022

Amazons of pop! Artists, superheroes, icons 1961-1973
40 artists present 100 works s from painting, installation, performance, sculpture, and film. Imerse yourself in the world of pop and a time of upheaval in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Düsternbrooker Weg 1, Kiel, Germany

to 13 March 2022

Saul Steinberg Milano New York
The exhibition is a tribute to Saul Steinberg, who dedicated so many of his sharply intelligent works to the city in which he resided during his formative years. Filled with drawings in pencil, pen, crayon; with works made using rubber stamps and watercolour, paper masks, objects/sculptures, fabrics and collages, the show documents Steinberg’s intense and versatile artistic output.

Tickets 12 Euro

Triennale Milano, Viale Alemagna, 6 20121 – Milan 

Read ‘The fine line between art, life and illustration’ in Eye 71 by Paul Davis. 

to 13 March 2022

deValence – Common Sense in Design  
An exhibition presenting deValence – a Paris-based creative studio specialising in contemporary art, architecture, theatre, and cultural arts. By taking a sociological approach to the question of what kind of design represents the spirit of the times in today’s increasingly complex and diverse environment, the exhibition reveals the multifaceted and diverse nature of deValence’s work (see French connections on Eye blog).

GYRE GALLERY, 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan

to 20 March 2022

Frédéric Voisin – Dreader than dread
Exhibition looks back on works of French graphic designer and illustrator Frédéric Voisin, who in 80s and 90s produced numerous record covers and concert posters for the world music, reggae, rock and dub scene.

Free of charge

Centre National du Graphisme, 1 Place Émile, Goguenheim, 52000, Chaumont, France 

to 27 March 2022

Peter Max: Cosmic Advertising 
Exhibition on the prolific career of Peter Max, the most commercially successful pop artist to emerge from the psychedelic period of the 1960s. Whether advertising a quirky clothing store or inspiring young minds to read, he experimented with a variety of styles and motifs while also exploring the concepts of space, time, and history through promotional visuals.

Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011 

to 31 March 2022

Imago 1960-1971  
Exhibition telling the story of Imago, a magazine that captured the experimentation, creativity, research and culture of Italian design in the sixties. Through a collection of documents and photographs, the exhibition will unveil the history and people behind the magazine, such as prolific Italian graphic designer, Michele Provinciali.

Admission: €12

ADI Design Museum, Fondazione ADI, Piazza Compasso d’Oro, 1 Milano 

to 10 April 2022

Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer
Exhibition celebrating the prolific work of E. McKnight Kauffer, American artist and graphic designer known in particular for his modernist posters. The show will feature some 200 objects to examine the designer’s impact and legacy across media.

Cooper Hewitt, 2 East 91st Street, New York, New York 10128

Look out for a review of E. McKnight Kauffer: The Artist in Advertising in Eye 102.

to 10 April 2022

Bridget Riley: Pleasures of Sight
Bridget Riley has explored colour, structure and perception throughout a career spanning seven decades and is renowned for her black and white so called ‘Op Art’ works created in the 1960s. This retrospective maps out the evolution of Riley’s working life and the relationship between her paintings and prints.

Tickets £7.50 Day Pass

The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking, GU21 4AA

Above: Bridget Riley (1931) Fête, 1989 Screenprint © Photo Tate (c) Bridget Riley, 2020. All rights reserved.

to 10 April 2022

Raymond Depardon. La vita moderna 
Triennale Milano and Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain present La vita moderna a solo exhibition by French photographer and filmmaker, Raymond Depardon. Bringing together three hundred photographs and two films, La vita moderna is the largest exhibition of the artist who, since the 1970s, has profoundly revitalised the world of the contemporary image.

Tickets 12 Euro

Triennale Milano, Viale Alemagna, 6 20121 – Milan 

Above: Raymond Depardon, Marcel Privat, Le Villaret, Le Pont-de-Montvert, Lozère, 1993 © 2020 Raymond Depardon

to 20 April 2022

Elisabeth Scheder-Bieschin: Cyanotypes
A small exhibition featuring hand-printed cyanotypes by photographer Elisabeth Scheder-Bieschin, focusing on the beauty of natural elements.

Admission: Free

Sam’s Café, 40 Chalcot Rd, London NW1 8LS 

to 24 April 2022

Hockney to Himid: 60 Years of British Printmaking
From Pop artists of the ‘swinging Sixties’ and abstract artists working in St Ives; to the Scottish contemporary art scene and the YBAs in the 2000s, this exhibition celebrates a transformational period in British art through the medium of printmaking.

Pallant House Gallery, 8–9 North Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1TJ

Above: Anthea Hamilton, Manarch (Pasta), 2013, Screenprint on paper, The Golder-Thompson Gift (2013), © Anthea Hamilton (courtesy Thomas Dane Gallery)

to 24 April 2022

Chemical City 
Chemical City looks at the legacies of chemical production in the Tees Valley. Starting with a focus on plastics manufacture in the area and in particular the development of synthetic fabrics and dyes, the exhibition travels through broader social, economic, material and ecological themes.

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Centre Square, Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ

to 24 April 2022

Bice Lazzari: Modernist Pioneer
Exploring the aesthetics of Art Informel, minimalism and hard-edged abstraction, the exhibition features some 40 works of Italian artist Bice Lazzari. Graphics, painting and decoration were inseparable elements of her highly individual artistic activity, which took the form of continuous annotations, an ongoing visual diary.

Admission: £7.50

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN 

to 27 April 2022

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Bauhaus Typography at 100

‘Bauhaus Typography at 100’, curated by Rob Saunders and Henry Cole Smith, will feature work by Johannes Itten, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, László Moholy-Nagy, Herbert Bayer and Joost Schmidt, along with others whose innovative typographic contributions are often overlooked, including women such as Friedl Dicker.

This is the inaugural exhibition of the Letterform Archive’s first-ever gallery in its new home.

Letterform Archive, 2339 Third St Floor 4R, San Francisco, CA 94107, US
E. [email protected] / T. +1 415 802 7485

See ‘Access all areas’ by Claire Mason on the Eye blog and ‘Letterform Archive: Objects of inspiration’ in Eye 100.

to 8 May 2022

Spot On: Women Designers in the Collection
The exhibition at Vitra Schaudepot explores the role of women in furniture design and questions the collection practice of Vitra Design Museum.

Vitra Schaudepot, Charles-Eames-Straße 2, 79576 Weil am Rhein, Germany

to 22 May 2022

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Helmut Newton. Legacy

This retrospective exhibition, originally scheduled to coincide with the photographer’s 100th birthday, was postponed for a year due to the pandemic.

Helmut Newton Foundation, Museum für Fotografie, Jebensstrasse 2, D–10623 Berlin, Germany. Phone +49 30 3186 4825

Above: Fashion, Melbourne, 1955 by Helmut Newton, courtesy Helmut Newton Foundation.

to 14 August 2022

Design and Healing: Creative Responses to Epidemics
Exhibition featuring the work of designers, artists, doctors, engineers, and neighbors who asked, “How can I help?” Architectural case studies and historical narratives will appear alongside creative responses to the current pandemic.

Cooper Hewitt, 2 East 91st Street, New York, New York 10128
 

to 6 November 2022

Maurice Broomfield: Industrial Sublime
Maurice Broomfield's dramatic photographs captured factories and their workers in an era of rapid transition, depicting the remnants of the industrial revolution alongside emerging technologies. His work spans the rise of post-war industrial Britain in the 1950s to its slow decline into the early 1980s. From shipyards to papermills, and textiles production to car manufacture – he emphasised the dramatic, sublime and sometimes surreal qualities of factory work across the UK.

Free Admissions

Room 100, Photography Centre – The Bern and Ronny Schwartz Gallery, V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Above: Assembling a Former for a Stator, digital C-type print, by Maurice Broomfield for English Electric, 1960, printed 2007, Stafford, England. Museum no. E.3731-2007. © Estate of Maurice Broomfield

to 12 December 2022

Phantoms of Surrealism, Whitechapel Gallery

Phantoms of Surrealism
‘Phantoms of Surrealism’ will examine the pivotal role of women as both artists and as behind-the-scenes organisers within the Surrealist movement in Britain in the 1930s.
The Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX, UK

AboveSheila Legge as Surrealist ‘Phantom’, TrafalgarSquare, London, 11 June 1936. Photograph attributed to Claude Cahun © Jersey Heritage Collections.

to 5 February 2023

The Voice of Things: Highlights of the Centre Pompidou collection
The new exhibition brings together a collection of emblematic works, ranging from the avant-gardes of the early 20th century testifying to the revolution in aesthetic norms and the very status of the work of art, to the most recent artist creations that question our globalised world, and illustrates the importance of the object in the history of modernity.

Tickets from ¥70

West Bund Museum 2600 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai

Above: Haegue Yang, Lingering Nous, Centre Pompidou, 2016 © Haegue Yang / Photo © Philippe Migeat Installation in the atrium of the Centre Pompidou × West Bund Museum

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JANUARY 2022

27 January – 26 March 2022

Max Bill and Georges Vantongerloo. Crossover.
Exhibition highlighting the lasting achievements of Max Bill and Georges Vantongerloo, through an in-depth selection of 60 paintings and sculptures, some of which are being shown in the United States for the first time since their major.

Hauser & Wirth New York, 32 E 69th St, New York, NY 10021, United States 

28 January — 5 June 2022

Vincent Mentzel: The Power of the Image
As well as reporting on the national political scene for many years, Dutch photojournalist Vincent Mentzel travelled the world to cover political and other current affairs. The exhibition traces Mentzel’s work, observing shift in how photography was being used for journalistic storytelling.

Admission: €20

Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 2, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands

29 January — 12 June 2022

Hito Steyerl. I Will Survive 
An artist, cultural critic, filmmaker, writer and professor, Hito Steyerl (1966) is one of the most significant and influential figures in contemporary art. She operates on the boundary between film and visual art, working in genres ranging from documentary cinema to innovative multimedia installations. Her rigorously researched and visually stunning installations illuminate some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Tickets – Adults: € 20, Students: € 10

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Above: Hito Steyerl, Liquidity Inc., 2014, HD video file, single channel in architectural environment, 30 minutes, 15 seconds. Courtesy the artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Esther Schipper, Berlin. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2021. Film still © Hito Steyerl

29 January — 1 August 2023

Hermitage Amsterdam presents Russian Avant-Garde 
The Hermitage Amsterdam will present the long-awaited exhibition Russian Avant-Garde - Revolution in the Arts. This exhibition tells an intriguing story of Russian avant-garde art, from the final years of Imperial Russia, through the turbulent times surrounding the Revolution of 1917, to its end in the Stalin era.

Hermitage Amsterdam, Amstel 51, Amsterdam

Above: Wassily Kandinsky, Landscape, 1913. © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.

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FEBRUARY 2022

17 February — 29 May 2022

A Century of the Artist's Studio 1920-2020
From an abandoned factory, an attic or a kitchen table, The Whitechapel Gallery presents a 100-year survey of the studio through the work of artists and image-makers from around the world. In this multi-media exhibition new art histories through striking juxtapositions of under-recognised artists with celebrated figures in Western art history. 

Whitechapel Gallery, 77 – 82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Above: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2008, Acrylic on PVC panel in artist's frame, 73 x 62.9 cm, Photo Courtesy of Sotheby's, Inc. © 2021

18 February — 15 May 2022

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Extraordinary Everyday

Artist and designer Eric Ravilious (1903-42) was only 39 when he died on active service. 80 years after his death, this new exhibition, curated by James Russell, will guide visitors through his career, with wood engravings, watercolours, books, ceramics and lithographs. Among the many highlights are watercolours from public collections, such as Train Landscape (above) and rarely seen works from private collections, including Room at the William the Conqueror.

The Arc, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB

24 February — 21 August 2022

Ethel Reed: I Am My Own Property
Ethel Reed shot to fame in 1895 as a fresh talent in the poster world, became the darling of the international press in a matter of months, and then disappeared from public life by 1898. Her life and work represent the struggles of being a female artist in the male-dominated art world of the late 19th century, while also touching on issues of class, addiction, mental health, conservative societal expectations, and sexuality.

General admission from $8

Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street New York, NY 10011, USA. 

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MARCH 2022

11 March — 29 August 2022

Tracks We Share: Contemporary Art of the Pilbara 
The exhibition celebrates the Aboriginal artists and artwork of Western Australia’s Pilbara region, by bringing together more than 70 artists and over 200 artworks. This extraordinary body of work features the most exciting contemporary art coming out of the region while paying homage to the legacy that has informed it, offering a rare and broad-reaching insight into the region’s artistic output over the years.

The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Above: Robina Clause at Martumili Artists, 2021. Photography by Claire Martin.

16 March 2022

Dapo Adeola on Children’s Books
London born and bred, but of Nigerian heritage, Dapo Adeola is an award-winning illustrator and designer who creates characters and images that challenge expectations around race and gender in a fun and upbeat way.  In conversation with his agent, editor, designer and publicist, Dapo will talk you through how children’s picture books are made – from pitching and production to publication and promotion.

10–2pm GMT/BST / Zoom

18 March — 15 May 2022

Will Carter – Man of Letters 
Co-curated by lettering artist Eric Marland and John Gray, with significant contributions from Will Carter’s son Sebastian Carter, this exhibition will be a comprehensive retrospective of one Britain’s most accomplished letter carvers and founder of the Rampant Lions Press, arguably the finest private press of the post war period in the UK.

Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, IP17, United Kingdom 

20-22 March 2022

Design in a Time of Change  
This conference provides the opportunity to amplify and extend your impact as a designer through leadership and advocacy. It is time to convene, lead, and make large-scale change within the design industry. Along with design and design adjacent leaders, the conference explores the power and influence of small businesses, design-first organisations, and industry expansion.

In person and online / Early bird tickets starting at $199 / Full price $799

Washington DC

26 March — 31 July 2022

Isamu Noguchi 
The Museum Ludwig hosts a comprehensive retrospective on the American-Japanese sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). It will cover Noguchi’s creative periods with 150 works and present him as an experimental and politically engaged artist. 

Tickets €8.50 – €13 / Pre-booking essential

Museum Ludwig, Heinrich-Böll-Platz, 50667 Köln

31 March 2022

The Wit and Whimsy of W. A. Dwiggins 
William Addison Dwiggins (1880–1956) is best known as a designer of printing types and books. His Caledonia and Electra types have been used to compose the text in countless thousands of books published since the 1930s. Bruce Kenneth, who authored W.A. Dwiggins’ biography W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design (Letterform Archive, 2018), will present his favourite moments of WAD’s creative impulses, from the serious to the downright silly. (See The unsung stencil master in Eye 92).

7.00–8.30pm (Doors 6.30pm) // Tickets: £8–12.50

St Bride Foundation, 14 Bride Ln, EC4Y 8EQ London 

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APRIL 2022

1 April — 28 August 2022

Superheroes, Orphans & Origins: 125 years in comics
First major exhibition to explore the representation of foundlings, orphans, adoptees, and foster children in comics, graphic novels and sequential art from around the globe. Looking beyond the traditional ‘superhero’ genre the exhibition also includes characters from early newspaper comic strips, Japanese Manga and contemporary graphic novel protagonists.

Admission: £10.50

Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ 

7 April — 9 October 2022

Behind The Camera: The Unknown Women of Hollywood
Women played fundamental role during the nascent years of the film business; behind the camera, through original stories, screen writing, adaptation, set decoration, costume design, film editing, directing, and producing. This exhibition serves as an introduction to these pioneers through the lobbycards that promoted their finished work.

General admission from $8

Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street New York, NY 10011, USA. 

7 April — 9 October 2022

Posters for The Tokyo Olympiad 
The show features posters announcing the Italian release of the film Tokyo Olympiad, one of the greatest sports documentaries of all time. Graphically, these images are a surprising hybrid of styles, celebrating the athleticism and beauty of the Games through photomontage, neo-Constructivism, and Italian modernism.

General admission from $8

Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street New York, NY 10011, USA. 

8 April — 29 August 2022

Football: Designing the Beautiful Game
Exhibition explores how design has pushed football to its technical and emotional limits, from the world’s most significant stadiums to the innovative materials used in today’s boots, the graphic design of team badges and the grassroots initiatives pushing back against the sport’s commercialisation. The exhibition will feature both formal and informal design projects, showcasing the relationship between football and its fans.

The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG  

Above: Forest Green Rovers Eco Park Stadium by Zaha Hadid Architects (Copyright © MIR)

14 April — 18 September 2022

‘icons’ by Susan Kare  
Icons is one of the first international retrospectives dedicated to graphic designer and iconographer Susan Kare, a pioneer of digital design, who currently lives and works in San Francisco. The exhibition will review tools and techniques that Kare developed to invent digital icons as part of her work for Apple, NeXT, Microsoft, Facebook, Paypal or Pinterest. 

Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication of Lyon, 13 Rue de la Poulaillerie, 69002 Lyon, France 

22 April — 21 August 2022

Breaking the News
A major exhibition from the British Library, spotlighting the role news plays in our society, exploring issues of choice, interpretation, truth and trust in the news. Presenting historical and contemporary reports on war, natural disasters, crime, politics and celebrity scandals, the exhibition will reveal that while the themes that interest us generally do not change, the form and ownership of news does.

The British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB

Above: Smashed hard drives used by The Guardian to store Edward Snowden’s files © Guardian News & Media Ltd 2021

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ONLINE

Ongoing

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The 39th Graphic Design Exhibition of the Turkish Graphic Designers Association
This year the annual GMK Graphic Design Exhibition, a recollection of graphic design in Turkey since its debut in 1981, is being held online. The GMK Graphic Design Exhibition Digital Archive will also be publicly accessible in the coming months, displaying this recollection and allowing closer examination of the work and shifting tendencies in Turkish design over the last 39 years.

Ongoing

Yuri Suzuki Sonic Bloom

Sonic Bloom
A community-focused, multi-sensory installation exploring the nature of communication through the interactive deployment of sound. Curated by Alter-Projects and designed by sound artist, designer, and electronic musician, Yuri Suzuki.

Brown Hart Gardens, North Mayfair, London.

Free access

Ongoing

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Reverting to Type 2020: Protest posters
Reverting to Type 2020 is an exhibition of letterpress artwork with something to say, an international exhibition showcasing progressive letterpress artwork by 100 artists from seventeen countries, alongside the work of specially invited collaborators, including John Anstiss, Shelley Bird, Peter Kennard and Stewart Lee. (See Word play in Eye 101).

Those unable to visit in person can view the full exhibition contents at:
revertingtotype.com

Hours: 12-6pm daily.
Standpoint Gallery, 45 Coronet Street, London N1 6HD, UK

Ongoing

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Letterform Archive Online
The Letterform Archive have made their Online Archive public access. You can now enjoy virtual access to nearly 1500 objects and 9000 hi-fi images from their collection.

See ‘Access all areas’ by Claire Mason on the Eye blog and ‘Letterform Archive: Objects of inspiration’ in Eye 100.

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Lothar Götz: Salvation
Lothar Götz’s fourth solo exhibition in the Domo Baal gallery [currently closed]. The show’s title – with its suggestion of a place of safety and deliverance from earthly woe, finds an echo in the works included: their bursts of abstract space like an opening up of horizons after the closed-in ones of recent months.
Domo Baal, 3 John Street, London WC1N 2ES, UK

Above: Lothar Götz, Salvation 1, 2020. 

Ongoing

Ruben Pater of Untold Stories at Insights 2020

Ruben Pater of Untold Stories at Insights 2020
Focusing on the ethics of design, this lecture discusses the unspoken realities of designers working remotely across the globe, and from there dives into social and political issues such as climate change, surveillance, and affordable housing. 

See Peter Buwert’s ‘Design’s ugly truths’, a review of Ruben Pater’s The Politics of Design, in Eye 93. 

Ongoing

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Design Interview 10Q
A series of design talks – with Matteo Bologna, Erik Brandt, Dafi Kühne, Thomas Kronbichler and Niklaus Troxler, with more to come – curated by graphic designer Fabio Mario Rizzotti. You can watch the interviews on the @designinterview10q IGTV and YouTube channel. 

See ‘Sticks in the mind’ in Eye 69. 

Ongoing

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MODA Online
The Museum of Design Atlanta has launched a range of online classes, workshops and meetups for both young and adult designers, as well as a series of online sessions, titled ‘Drink in Design’, with a range of creatives who will talk you through their work and career paths. 

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The 1970s
The decade marks a historic turn in art history for photography. No longer was traditional landscape and documentary photography the same. Photography shared the spotlight with painting.

Online exhibition on the website of the PDNB Gallery. 

Above: Bill Owens, Our House is Built with the Living Room in the Back, 1971.

Ongoing

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Whitney: Art History from Home
While the Museum is temporarily closed, the Whitney is offering range of online resources and events centred around American art of the twentieth century. 

Above: Ana Mendieta, Untitled (Silueta Series, Iowa), 1979.

Ongoing

Schaukelwagen (“Rocking Car”), design: Hans Brockhage, manufacturer: Siegfried Lenz, Berggießhübel bei Pirna, 1950

Everyday Life: GDR
Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR, Erich-Weinert-Allee 3
15890 Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany