Hey folks, I’ve been out of town for the last few weeks, which is why it’s been quiet around here. But I’m back and the posts will be back on a regular schedule.
Timeless: Massimo Vignelli is an exhibition curated by design studio Husmee, and Beatriz Cifuentes and Yoshiki Waterhouse, that honors the work of Massimo Vignelli. It’s open now until April 18, 2015 at the Okendo Cultural Centre in San Sebastián, Spain.
The exhibition includes original work from Vignelli and a series of posters designed by a select group of designers and design studios, that include Atlas, Toko, BVD, Hey Studio, Mash Creative, and Spin.
Armin Hofmann—Farbe is an exhibition at Galerie Susanna Kulli in Zurich that features a portfolio of silkscreen prints where Hofmann focused and played with color. The prints were created from 1989 to 1999, and they’re an interesting departure from the work he’s famous for. If you’re in Zurich, this would be a great exhibit to see.
40 years ago, Otl Aicher and his team designed the revolutionary identity system for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. UCA Canterbury in the UK is celebrating this iconic work with an exhibition featuring posters, pictograms, information design, and range of print and promotion materials from the games. The exhibit will be held from June 29th – July 31st at the Herbert Read Gallery.
Modernism, an ideology that covers a range of styles, is rooted in the Russian and European avant-garde including Constructivism, Dada, De Stijl, Futurism, and the New Typography – movements which signaled a modernization of culture and society beginning in the early 20th century. Artists and designers made a conscious effort to reject ornamentation and historical styles, and instead chose to embrace abstract principles, clear communication, geometric forms and visual experimentation. graphic Modern presents Graphic Design as a fundamental component of the dissemination of early to late Modernism throughout the United States, Italy and Switzerland from the late 1930s to the middle of the 1960s. During these years, Modernism’s distinctive graphic languages moved away from its political beginnings and emerged as an integral part of mass culture, extending from advertising and printed ephemera to corporate identity.
Bringing together over 75 works from Display, Graphic Design Collection, graphic Modern serves as an overview of this important period of design and features advertisements, periodical covers, posters and ephemera examples from design pioneers including: Herbert Bayer, Lester Beall, Robert Büchler, Confalonieri e Negri, Alan Fletcher, Karl Gerstner (Gerstner + Kutter), William Golden, Carl Graf, Franco Grignani, Max Huber, Lora Lamm, Matthew Leibowitz, Alvin Lustig, Herbert Matter, Fridolin Müller, Remo Muratore, Hans Neuburg, Erik Nitsche, Bob Noorda, Sigfried Odermatt, Giovanni Pintori, Paul Rand, Emil Ruder, Studio Boggeri, Albe Steiner, Ladislav Sutnar, Fred Troller, Massimo Vignelli, Carlo Vivarelli and Yves Zimmermann among others.
USA, Italy and Switzerland 1934–66
June 4–July 26, 2012
Fordham University at Lincoln Center
Center Gallery 113 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 10am to 6pm
Designer Morgan Smail sent me an email about an exhibit called Pre-Postmodern Swiss Posters that was held at San Jose State University from November 17-December 18, 2009. The posters are from the private collection of designer Aaron Marcus and feature some real gems. Morgan was kind enough to snap some photos of this wonderful exhibit, which I’ve uploaded to my Flickr page.
While doing some research for the exhibit I found this blog post by Aaron Marcus that goes into the history of how he assembled this wonderful poster collection. There’s also a PDF of Aaron’s presentation at the exhibit opening.