December 22nd, 2013

SHOW INFO websites document research into thirty-six Latin-alphabet typefaces and their (technical, cultural, social, artistic, commercial…) contexts. The websites were made by the second-year graphic design students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in autumn 2013, in an assignment conducted by Sam de Groot with Jakub Straka.

Posted in Graphic Design

All Possible Futures

December 16th, 2013

Curated by Jon Sueda, All Possible Futures – January 14 to February 13, 2014, SOMArts, San Francisco – explores the potential of graphic design and celebrates a questioning of boundaries regarding concepts, processes, technologies, and form.
What happens when graphic designers extend the boundaries of their discipline and initiate creative explorations built on risk and uncertain ground? Exhibited conceptual proposals, critical provocations, and experimental works that exist on the margins of graphic design or in parallel to professional projects, as well as proposals that were initially rejected by a client and remain unrealized, position All Possible Futures at the intersection of design and fine art.
Exhibiting designers includes, among others, Abake, Ludovic Balland, Daniel Eatock, Dexter Sinister, Jaan Evart, Experimental Jetset, Ed Fella, Jürg Lehni, Karel Martens, Metahaven, Mevis van Deursen, Radim Pesko, Project Projects, ResearchCenteredDesign, Sulki and Min, etc… To accompany the exhibition, the book All Possible Futures will be published by Bedford Press.

The Third Rail

December 13th, 2013

© pictures from ROLU blog

The Third Rail is a non-profit quarterly publication devoted to a discussion of art, politics, philosophy, and culture, featuring critical essays and reviews, interviews, literary arts, and artist center spread projects.

Posted in Art, Photography

Royal Garden 5 – Vegetal Passion

December 13th, 2013

Royal Garden is an on-line shaggy magazine, a multidisciplinary production environment, a critical, theoretical and artistic exquisite cadaver…

Vegetal Passion sees the exhibition space as the natural milieu of works of art.
It’s Our Playground has imagined this 5th installment of Royal Garden as an ambiguous jungle in which visitors will find artists’ pieces, archival photographs and images gleaned from the internet, all shown side by side without any obvious hierarchy. Deftly mixing plants and works of art, works that involve plants and “exhibition plants,” this curatorial project takes a new look at gardening practices in institutional settings, which is increasingly a part of today’s reality. Indeed, while blogs are replete with images of plants, which are adopted for their graphic qualities, they have also invaded art galleries, for artists appreciate their formal values as well as their reference to both a domesticated nature and a questioning of the decorative function of artworks…


December 13th, 2013

Since 2011, L.I.E (Library of Independent Exchange) have been inviting key proponents of “the book” to submit a list of ten important titles that form part of their personal book collections. The book L.I.E LISTS OF TEN BOOKS includes 20 contributions from Ed Ruscha, Katrina Brown, New Jerseyy, Olivia Plender, Charlotte Cheetham, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jem Southam, Jeff Eaton, Benjamin Sommerhalder, Lionel Bovier, James Jenkin, OMMU, Marco Kane Braunschweiler, Layla Tweedie-Cullen, Jeremy Millar, Alec Finlay, Fraser Muggeridge, Torpedo Press, An Endless Supply, Axel Wieder. Book launch December 13, 6pm, L.I.E/Detroit Bristol.

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A Form for History

December 12th, 2013

In the attic of Oslo National Academy of the Arts, a unique collection had been lying forgotten, untouched by time. It consisted of rare graphic design journals, cases of metal and wood type, books, type catalogues and printing machines dating back to the last century. The exhibition A Form for History, until January 3, 2014, at Oslo’s R21 gallery, presents part of the typography archive and offers an exceptional glimpse of Norwegian graphic design history.
On show is a selection of books and printed titles from the archive; demonstrating a diverse visual field where modernistic expression developed in conjunction with lingering roots of art nouveau. The titles are accompanied with quotes from the archive, seeking to portray a varied cultural development where issues such as national style, a lack of high quality paper, The New Typography and the role of women have all been debated.
The large, red table, with two stairs that leads up to it, was imagined as both a reference to the attic which had been the archives hiding place for several years, as well as the often unapproachable aspect that history can hold. The table itself contains 20 articles, which as a whole presents both an insight into the industrial progress, as well as the development of visual expressions in Norway. Visitors are invited to bring home copies of the articles as a way to create their own selection of history.

Ad Reinhardt – How to Look. Art Comics

December 10th, 2013

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Published on the occasion of the exhibition Ad Reinhardt at David Zwirner, New York, until December 18, the catalogue Ad Reinhardt, How to Look. Art Comics presents a comprehensive exploration of american painter and writer Ad Reinhardt’s cartoon works, which he created for various publications throughout his lifetime, most notably the progressive tabloid daily newspaper PM in which his “How to Look” series first appeared in 1946. Reinhardt’s comics shed light on the artist’s humorous insight into art history, politics, and culture, as well as his unparalleled critical sensibility as a painter and thinker.

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The Artist as Curator

December 10th, 2013

© Motto

The Artist as Curator, edited by Elena Filipovic, is a serial publication that examines a profoundly influential but still understudied phenomenon, a history that has yet to be written: the fundamental role that artists have played as curators. Taking the ontologically ambiguous thing we called “the exhibition” as a critical medium, artists have often in the process radically rethought the conventional form of the exhibition as such. This project is about precisely those exhibitions.
Two essays will appear in a loose booklet in each edition of Mousse Magazine over two years, before being published in book form at the end. Collectively, they will address twenty seminal artist-curated exhibitions, spanning a period from the postwar to the present.

Posted in Art, Periodicals

Printed Matter new website – Make your own table

December 9th, 2013

Printed Matter, Inc. is the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination, understanding and appreciation of artists’ books. Printed Matter’s new website, among other specific features, includes tables that let staff, artists, publishers, and every user curate groups of books and write critical essays about them.

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How to Get a CYPRIEN GAILLARD Edition for Under $20

December 5th, 2013

Coinciding with the 125th anniversary of National Geographic magazine, french artist Cyprien Gaillard has produced a pop up art edition as part of 032c #25. Assembled from images that span more than 40 years of the publication, Gaillard’s sculpture can be constructed by making three simple folds from left to right into the inside hinge of the magazine. This anachronistic monument is held together by tension alone; no glue is required.

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Dieter Roth – Processing the World

December 5th, 2013

Dieter Roth, Processing the World – du 14 décembre au 9 mars 2014, Frac Bretagne, Rennes – s’intéresse à la façon dont Dieter Roth, artiste particulièrement novateur de la seconde moitié du XXe siècle, construit son œuvre, dans une dynamique où chaque expérimentation en fait naître une nouvelle. À travers films, livres, archives, lieux d’une recherche singulièrement vivace mais aussi peintures, estampes, installations, Dieter Roth, Processing the World analyse les procédures de création de l’artiste et la manière dont il les pousse à leurs limites.
Qu’est-ce qu’un process, un processus ? On parle de process dans l’industrie comme d’une succession d’étapes de fabrication. Le processus, suite d’actions ou de procédés est directement lié dans la création d’une œuvre à la mise en place d’une relation au temps. Ces deux aspects sont présents chez Dieter Roth. D’un côté, il développe des systèmes dans ses livres ou estampes qu’il épuise par de multiples modifications, reprises, superpositions, destructions. De l’autre, il enregistre le réel construit à l’état brut.
Les processus mis en place chez Dieter Roth sont abordés à travers ses dessins et notes préparatoires, archives, livres, montrant par exemple l’exploration d’un même motif à travers des supports différents, mais aussi à travers ses œuvres en deux et trois dimensions. Les archives qui accompagnent les œuvres tiennent une part importante dans ce projet, témoins d’un esprit particulièrement vif.
En exposant avec précision plusieurs dispositifs inventés par Dieter Roth, depuis la phase de l’archive jusqu’aux œuvres proprement dites, l’exposition présente des séries d’œuvres qui nous font pénétrer à l’intérieur de ses méthodes de travail.

Posted in Art, Exhibitions


December 5th, 2013

© Mathias Schweizer

Mapping the contemporary art scene may seem impossible. It is nonetheless the aim of ORACULAR / VERNACULAR. Revolving around two seemingly opposite aesthetics, this exhibition offers a view into European and North-American processes. Charlotte Cosson and Emmanuelle Luciani have gathered new or overlooked works of art by Mathieu K. Abonnenc, Neïl Béloufa, Julie Béna, Michel Boisse, Bertrand Dézoteux, Marine Hugonnier, Dominique Hurth, Alex Israël, Ikonotekst Group, Kolkoz, Kapwani Kiwanga, Gareth Long, Benoît Maire, Shana Moulton, Falke Pisano, Sunita Prasad, Olivia Plender, Julien Prévieux, and Ryan Trecartin at MAMO – the Cité Radieuse, Marseille, December 15 – February 16, 2014.
Some of these artists engage scholar-like researches before translating them into mainly black & white works of art; others use synthetic colors, 3D modeling and harsh encrustations. Does this conflict of aesthetics – issued from minimal and conceptual art or from the Internet – really mean that these currents are contradictory? Their common points of interest seem to prove wrong…

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The Dark Galleries – film & book

December 5th, 2013

Imagine a museum in which the portrait of Carlotta Valdes, an important prop in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, hangs on a wall next to the painted portrait of the title character of Otto Preminger’s Laura and opposite the uncanny portraits of the desired or murdered women in Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street, George Cukor’s Gaslight, and Nicholas Ray’s Born to Be Bad. In an adjacent gallery, the visitor of this imaginary museum can contemplate the portraits of patriarchs that feature in films such as House of Strangers, Suspicion, Gilda, and Strangers on a Train. This is precisely the concept of this book.
The Dark Galleries deals with American (and some British) films of the 1940s and 1950s, in which a painted portrait plays an important part in the plot or the mise-en-scène. Particularly noir crime thrillers, gothic melodramas, and ghost stories feature painted portraits that seem to have a magical power over their beholders. Apart from an extensive introductory essay, this museum guide presents more than eighty entries on the artistic and cinematic aspects of noir painted portraits.
Film and book presentation, December 6, 2013, 8pm, Kask, Ghent.

Posted in Art, Books

Storytelling with vernacular photography

December 4th, 2013

Over a period of 10 years Erik Kessels has made many books and exhibitions out of the passion for vernacular and amateur photography. In the lecture “Storytelling with vernacular photography” – December 11, 5.30pm, Tre Oci, Venezia – he will highlight his latest projects and publications and give an insight in collecting and editing the photographs often found online or on flea markets from all over the world. Another subject of the lecture is the role of images in the time we live in and how you can look at these in other ways than simply consuming them.

The last instalment in Erik Kessels’ long running found photography book series, In Almost Every Picture #12, tells the story of a Moroccan wedding filmmaker with a knack for self-promotion. Larbi Laaraichi lives in Fez, where he’s been capturing the happiest days of people’s lives since the early Nineties. While videoing their big days, he also ensures that he gets a shot of himself in action. These images plaster the walls of his shop.
As well as amateur advertisements, these pictures tell the story of Larbi himself. Kessels has ordered the portraits chronologically, hinting at changes in Larbi’s life in almost every picture. We see changes in Larbi’s fashion taste, from the extremes of turn of the century stripy shirts to more demure contemporary clothing. And we see Larbi’s career path through his equipment: proudly wielding an old-school video camera to (a decade later) atop a stepladder with a slick, space-age camera.

Posted in Books, Photography

Any Part, Any Form – Radim Peško

December 4th, 2013

Any Part, Any Form is a follow up to London-based graphic designer Radim Peško’s Informal Meetings, a collection of photographs made during travels and wanderings to different places. This volume brings back found compositions and situations where seemingly unremarkable encounters between space, architecture and water suggest their own stories.


December 2nd, 2013

The Piracy Project is an international publishing and exhibition project exploring the philosophical, legal and practical implications of book piracy and creative modes of reproduction.
From December 6 to February 8, 2014, the Piracy Project collection will be housed at
Grand Union, Birmingham, with 150 modified, appropriated and copied books from all over the world. The collection, which is catalogued online, is the starting point for talks and work groups around the concept of originality, the notion of authorship and politics of copyright.
The Piracy Project is not about stealing or forgery. It is about creating a platform to innovatively explore the spectrum of copying, re-editing, translating, paraphrasing, imitating, re-organising, manipulating of already existing works. Here creativity and originality sit not in the borrowed material itself, but in the way it is handled.

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L’Archipel des images

December 1st, 2013

© Joseph Grappin

documentation céline duval s’attache à saisir les représentations de toutes natures, depuis les gravures encyclopédiques jusqu’aux photographies diffusées sur des réseaux sociaux. Cette fabrique d’images en perpétuelle expansion s’associe à ce qu’elle nomme le devenir image du monde. Questionner, décoder, raconter, l’artiste nous propose de retrouver notre place perdue de regardeur dans cet océan visuel sans horizon.
Jusqu’au 14 décembre 2013, au Centre d’art Micro Onde, Vélizy-Villacoublay, Céline Duval présente L’Archipel des images, un ensemble de nouvelles oeuvres, photographies et publication dans une mise en scène conçue spécialement pour l’exposition.

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The Last Books

November 29th, 2013

The Last Books – a publishing house and performance project initiated by Philip Baber and Snejanka Mihaylova – published Cannon Magazine No.3 which comprises two texts by Peter Handke – a reprint of his 1986 novel Repetition and the first English edition of his long poem To Duration – published in two separate volumes.

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GAGARIN – the Artists in their Own Words

November 28th, 2013

© Simon Casier & Petra Fieuws

GAGARIN, the Artists in their Own Words, is an artist’s magazine, entirely dedicated to the publication of especially written and unpublished texts by artists who are now working, anywhere in the world. Each issue contains a number of artists’ writings, if possible from an equal number of countries. The texts are published in their original language and alphabetical writing, with unabridged translations in English added. Advertising and visual material are deliberately kept out. GAGARIN is aimed at those who do not tend to wait until everything is accepted and synthesised and those who are prepared to leave the road to search for stimulating art and ideas while they are still fresh. GAGARIN does not restrict itself to a particular period or import and runs trough the codes that are applied in the world of art. Its orientation is artistic, documentary and historical. GAGARIN also aspires to provide an accurate source of information about the collaborating artists, using their own words.

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L’écartelage ou l’écriture de l’espace d’après Pierre Faucheux

November 28th, 2013

© Paul Lepreux

Pierre Faucheux (1924-1999) a été l’une des figures majeures de l’édition française au lendemain de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Renouvelant largement ce champ du design graphique, il traversa la seconde moitié du XXe siècle en y laissant des empreintes multiples qui sont autant d’expérimentations revisitant les avant-gardes ou s’inscrivant dans les courants artistiques de son époque. En marge de son atelier, il développa un travail visuel constitué de collages et d’”écartelages” photographiques. Enfin, il consacra également sa carrière à l’architecture, en s’associant aux projets de divers architectes ou en élaborant des aménagements muséaux et des scénographies d’expositions.
Faucheux concevait l’architecture comme une écriture et la mise en livre comme un travail architectural : écrire l’espace et être un architecte du livre, tel fut le grand écart qu’il se proposa de tenir tout au long de sa carrière. À partir de cette notion d’écart, qu’il fit sienne à la suite de Charles Fourier puis des surréalistes, L’écartelage ou l’écriture de l’espace d’après Pierre Faucheux, sous la direction de Catherine Guiral, Brice Domingues & Jérôme Dupeyrat, propose d’approfondir la connaissance critique du travail de Pierre Faucheux tout en le situant parmi les acteurs de son époque et en regard des références historiques et culturelles qui permettent de comprendre les divers aspects de son œuvre.

Posted in Books, Graphic Design

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