In the mid-1990s, Stuart Bailey interviewed Richard Hollis as part of his undergraduate thesis on Modernism in the UK. He subsequently became Hollis’s assistant, working with the designer at his home over a period of two years.
The talk The Truth About Hollis – September 26, 7pm, Artists Space, New York, as part of Richard Hollis exhibition – centers on Bailey’s insight into Hollis’s approach to graphic design, and the impact felt on the discipline due to social and technological developments. Stemming from Hollis’s writings on the historical shift towards visual communication as marketing, Bailey expands on how the material qualities of Hollis’s work can serve as heuristics towards a deeper understanding of his discipline.
The Billboard Book, project (New York) by Jonathan Monk, designed by Benjamin Critton Art Dept., published by Three Star Books, is exhibited on and around the grounds of Moma PS1 on the occasion of the New York Art Book Fair, until September 22, & onwards as is pertinent. It has been previously executed in Paris and London.
Fernand Baudin Students Publications / F B S P is a research project dedicated to contemporary forms of editorial practices. Initiated by members of Prix Fernand Baudin Prijs – Prize for the Most Beautiful Books in Brussels and Wallonia, it links the Belgian student’s context with the international independent publishing scene. It aims to create a common space between students and professionals, research and practice, thinking and making – through events, workshops and research publications. September, 25, 6pm, F B S P will launch its first publication This is not a most beautiful book award at Théophile’s Papers, Brussels.
After the Second World War, Willem Sandberg (NL, 1897–1984) transformed the Amsterdam Stedelijk museum into a dynamic centre for modern and innovative art and culture. He did this with exceptional creativity and in close collaboration with artists and architects.
Sandberg had distinct ideas about heading up a museum for modern and contemporary art, about the importance of art, about dealing with artists and about his work as typographic designer, but also about social responsibility and community.
The book Willem Sandberg, Portrait of an Artist – designed by Rutger de Vries – is based on interviews with Sandberg (from 1971 and 1981) and offers first-hand insight into questions such as: what does the task of museum director entail; how does art criticism work; what is the essence of being an artist; what does the ideal museum architecture look like; and what is the role of art and the museum in society?
They remember only the photographs* is a publication / exhibition – September 13-28, Bétonsalon, Paris – resulting from the collaborative work between the Ecole du Louvre students and the University Paris Diderot – Paris 7. Entrusted to graphic design studio Syndicat, the project focuses on scientific research and operates as a reflexive process in progress.
* “The problem is not that people remember through photographs, but that they remember only the photographs.” in Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others, New York: Ed. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003, p. 79.
The arrival of photography and its role in reproducing art works, or understanding artistic practices has blurred our points of reference. Moreover, today it would seem that the modern and contemporary art archive is freeing itself from its purely documentary status. As a result of art’s conceptual and processual evolution, notably dating from the 1960s, document’s status borders on that of artwork, particularly thanks to photography.
This exhibition-publication aims to materialize a reflection not only on the practice and production of the documentary image, but rather and foremost on the archive, its uses, the diffusion and reception of these photographs. It strives to question the journey of the photos and the circulation of artwork and artistic practices, through the use of different supports (photographic printing, printed photographs, books, catalogues, magazines, revues, invitation cards, posters, post cards, digital images…)… Download press release.
Since 1997, when Lost & Found was started, over 90 sessions of stray images and sound have been organised. Artists, writers and musicians present work in progress, experiment or present work that doesn’t fit into their oeuvre (yet). A specific and unique stage for diverse and hybrid works which don’t fit comfortably into galleries or museums.
The collection of Lost & Found invitations was exhibited at Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam, Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum and Townhouse Gallery in Cairo. The Netherlands Institute for Art History took the flyers into their collection.
Typojanchi, Seoul International Typography Biennale, August 30 to October 11, 2013, is an international exhibition of typography to explore various intersections of the art of visible language and other cultural disciplines.
Typography has a dual identity: it is as much an art of language as a visual art. Typojanchi 2013 is devoted to the literary potentials of typography in the overlap of the two realms.
Rather than merely visualizing a given text, contemporary typography has come to actively engage in the production and distribution of the text. Exploring the themes traditionally reserved for literary studies such as conditions, conventions and nature of writing, typography itself becomes a form of literature. Meanwhile in literature itself, there is an experimental tradition of non-verbal—visual and material—devices. From concrete poetry to the OuLiPo group, metafiction and visual writings, the formal investigations have helped widen the boundaries of literature, inspiring many typographic designers. In addition, the widespread digital production and network technology have had a deep impact on the way we write, share and read texts, fundamentally transforming its nature and status. All these have contributed to the changing status of the text, from a solid common ground for communication to a more intangible and transient clouds in the air.
Typojanchi 2013 attempts to read and write the new text emerging from the shaking tradition of literary culture, examining the conditions and possibilities of the super-expanded, super-fluid, super-dynamic and super-sensitive text.
In Paris, New York, London, and Los Angeles, show posters for concerts with all-star lineups have been tempting passersby and drivers to attend Madison Square Garden or the Bowery Ballroom, L’Elysee Montmartre or the Wiltern. The months and days of these concerts are listed but not the years, spelling errors are spotted-choice exclusions that add to the growing doubt that these dream acts will ever grace the stage all together on one night. Double-take on these worn posters and you’re not even sure if they’re coming up or something missed and legendary from long ago, but posted in public space, the anticipation is real. Upon closer inspection we see that these epic concert announcements are actually paintings of lineups that only exist in the imagination of artist Andre Saraiva. The artist returns to The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, until october 8, 2013, for an installation of these painted announcements, visual evidence of the buzz that signs can create when circulated in the streets.
The Typografische Monatsblätter is one of the most important journals to successfully disseminate the phenomenon of “Swiss typography” to an international audience. With more than 70 years in existence, the journal witnessed significant moments in the history of typography and graphic design.
30 Years of Swiss Typographic Discourse in the Typografische Monatsblätter examines the years 1960–90, that correspond to a period of transition in which many factors such as technology, socio-political contexts and aesthetic ideologies profoundly affected and transformed the fields of typography and graphic design. The book includes a large number of works from well-known and lesser-known designers such as Emil Ruder, Helmut Schmid, Wolfgang Weingart, Hans-Rudolf Lutz, Jost Hochuli and many others.
Printed Matter presents, from September 20 to 22, at MoMA PS1, New York, the eighth annual NY Art Book Fair, the world’s leading event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines showcased by more than 280 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from more than twenty countries.
Among other special programming, The Classroom, a curated series of informal conversations, workshops, readings and other artist-led programs, is also an informal venue for artists, writers and publishers to feature new releases and present their publications. Participants include Tréy Sager with Badlands Unlimited (New York); Olof Olsson with Rollo Press (Switzerland); Linda Simpson with Peradam (New York); Elisabeth Tonnard and Chris Burnett with J&L Books (Scranton, PA); Amish Morrell with C Magazine (Canada); the curators of the Libros Mutantes Book Fair (Spain), etc.
An exhibition of book works by Bruno Munari, presented by Edizioni Corraini, will be housed in the courtyard dome. The exhibition includes a collection of rare and out-of-print artist and design books by the late Italian artist, offering a comprehensive survey of his influential career. Selections from the private collection of Giorgio Maffei will be on view as well…whole program on NY Art Book Fair 2013 website.
This Book is a Classroom is a publication about art education, self-organised institutions, and circular communication; edited and devised by Lucie Kolb & Romy Rüegger, Passenger books and HIT. Book launch, July 10 2013, 7pm, X Marks the Bökship, London.
“…We would like to learn, and we are working on a book. The room it offers is circumscribed and structured by the book‘s parameters: format, binding, jacket, title page, layout, preface, postface, table of contents, captions, cross headings, intertitles, annotations, editorial notes, appendix, blurb, names and accessories. This book is a classroom. We invite you to play this classroom together with us – a play to be played indoors or out, I wish to be a school – by a text or picture contribution; as a professor, student, guest, friend, reader, lecturer, listener, assistant, staff, animal, as equipment, materials, furniture, architecture or sound …” (Corinn Gerber, Lucie Kolb, Romy Rüegger)
HANS LE MALIN est une publication qui questionne les pratiques de production d’éléments narratifs et leur déploiement dans l’espace médiatique. Pour ce faire, des méthodes d’investigation associées à la conception d’outils orientent l’écriture d’articles. L’enquête est un moyen d’accumuler et de réunir des indices mais aussi de formuler des hypothèses.
Les postulats en études sont confrontés lors d’entretiens avec des personnalités évoluant dans les champs de la recherche, du design, de la photographie ou du journalisme. Rassemblés en ligne, les contenus sont susceptibles d’être édités, imprimés, reliés et distribués lors d’un événement dédié à cette étape.
Présentation par Tanguy Wermelinger, le 22 juin 2013, 14h, 22RUEMULLER, Paris.
Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace – june 18 to october 20, 2013, Victoria and Albert Museum, London – brings together a new work of fiction by the author Hari Kunzru with 20 original commissions from leading graphic designers, illustrators and typographers to create a multidimensional story. The way we read books is changing. Memory Palace explores how a story might be imagined in a different format – as a walk-in book.
With work by Âbäke, Peter Bil’ak, Alexis Deacon, Oded Ezer, Francesco Franchi, Isabel Greenberg, Hansje van Halem, Jim Kay, Johnny Kelly, Erik Kessels, Na Kim, Stuart Kolakovic, Frank Laws, Le Gun, Luke Pearson, Stefanie Posavec, Némo Tral, Henning Wagenbreth, Mario Wagner and Sam Winston.
Hari Kunzru’s story is set in a future London, hundreds of years after the world’s information infrastructure was wiped out by an immense magnetic storm. Technology and knowledge have been lost, and a dark age prevails. Nature has taken over the ruins of the old city and power has been seized by a group who enforce a life of extreme simplicity on all citizens. Recording, writing, collecting and art are outlawed…
The chosen practitioners work across a variety of fields, from comics and editorial illustration to advertising and typography. Each of the designers and illustrators worked on a different passage of text from the story, responding freely to the text. The resulting commissions vary dramatically in scale and format, from intricate hand-drawn works to large three-dimensional environments.
Since 1943, when Jan Tschichold proposed to honor the most beautiful Swiss books with an annual award, the competition for this title has become very popular and is heard of not only in Switzerland but around the world. A fact that is less well-known is that the title was not awarded between 1946 and 1948 and no books were submitted to it during this time.
This gap in the long-standing tradition of the award provided the background for
The missing years of the most beautiful Swiss books: 1946, 1947, 1948, a project by Corina Neuenschwander & Roland Früh, which consists in an exhibition, a series of lectures and a research project, that discussed book production and design in Switzerland – with a focus on this specific period, but also with regard to the present situation.
In the The missing years of the most beautiful Swiss books: 1946, 1947, 1948 book, Experts such as Jost and Ursula Hochuli, François Rappo, Andreas Schwab as well as many others explain in 14 concise statements their selection of “the most beautiful books” from these years. These authors contributed essays but also texts on their personal interest in and their relationship to books. International authors such as Robin Kinross, Yann Chateigné Tytelman, Severin Rüegg, Philipp Messner, Noah Stolz, Ulrike Meyer Stump and Patrick Gosatti wrote on more specific aspects, starting with the different aspects of book production and design. The book intends to contribute to the discussion among book experts and provides a contemporary commentary on the crucial elements and aspects of book production – now and then. Launch of the book June 22, 17:30, Corner College, Zürich.
The 4th Independent Publishers and Zine Fair Vienna will be hosted June 28-30, 2013, by Kunsthalle Wien at Museumsquartier, with more than sixty local and international exhibitors and artists exhibiting, selling, and exchanging their works.
Alongside the exhibitors, ten artists (including Matthew Brannon, AA Bronson, Kerstin Cmelka, Sture Johannesson, David Jourdan, Stefanie Sargnagel, and others) will punctuate the fair with editions and interventions—some in the form of performances, some as prints, others as t-shirts. As a special exhibition, Hubert Winter, the Viennese gallerist, will curate a selection of art books and ephemera from his vast collection of works from some of the best-known ’60s and ’70s conceptualists. Parallel to the fair, a series of talks and discussions by a selection of expert speakers will touch on emerging practices and debates within zine culture, and will illuminate issues relating to independent publishing today.
The Most Beautiful Swiss Books recognizes excellence in the field of book design and production, as well drawing attention to remarkable and contemporary books by Swiss designers, printers and publishers. The Jan Tschichold Award 2013, which honours excellence in the field of book design, goes to the typographer and graphic designer François Rappo from Lausanne.
June 27-30 2013, The Most Beautiful Swiss Books will be exhibited at the Helmhaus, Zürich, alongside the simultaneous publication of the catalogue showcasing the competition. On the occasion of the exhibition opening, the Jan Tschichold Award winner will be presented his award. In the context of the exhibition, a book fair, presenting recent publications from small Swiss and European presses, will be held June 29.
FIGURE is a Paris-based cultural journal featuring art, design, music, architecture, nature, photography, medias, gastronomy, style, sport and art de vivre investigations.
A year ago, editors Côme de Bouchony & Vincent de Hoÿm received a letter saying that they would trespass trademarks rights with the name Figure. They entered into negotiations for keeping their beloved name but the opposing party was not willing to agree to any compromises.
So they decided to make a clean sweep and get a fresh new name, and they have 51 possible new ones: 51 French words and expressions used by English speakers, compiled in this newspaper, a very limited collectors special edition, currently showed at Laurent Mueller gallery in Paris.
The Letter E is Everywhere – June 6 – August 9, 2013, Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, México – works as a book that contains different stories, letters, texts and images unfolding into space. Instead of pages, the display structures and furniture pieces allow books, prints, objects and textiles designed by Studio Manuel Raeder, to be juxtaposed with other objects found during an exploration of local handcraft production in Oaxaca. The exhibition also features three furniture pieces developed as a result from this research, in collaboration with Oaxacan artisans.
The Letter E is Everywhere is shaped by the objects mentioned earlier, and by the display structures developed especially for the exhibition. The exhibition presented in Archivo adopts pieces from its collection, focusing on objects whose production converses between craft and design practice: industrial, mass-produced popular objects, handicrafts, and furniture pieces whose form-function relation appears as rustic, but nevertheless shows much attention to detail and technique. The exhibition proposes an open narrative through the objects on display and questions the position contemporary design plays in the dialogue between people and every day objects. At the same time, it reflects the approach that Manuel Raeder and his studio have about their practice, where design is used as a tool that is constantly reconsidered and customized.