© László Moholy-Nagy, Prospectus cover for14 Bauhausbücher (14 Bauhaus Books), 1928. Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau. © Hattula Moholy-Nagy/DACS 2012
© Erich Consemüller, Lis Beyer or Ise Gropius sitting on the B3 club chair by Marcel Breuer and wearing a mask by Oskar Schlemmer and dress fabric by Beyer, c.1927. Herzogenrath, Berlin. © Estate Erich Consemüller
© Walter Gropius, Graph of the educational curriculum at the Bauhaus, 1923. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin. © DACS 2012
© Josef Albers, Set of four stacking tables, c.1927. © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society, New York and DACS, London 2012
This Sunday is the last day you can catch the wonderful Bauhaus: Art as Life at The Barbican. The largest exhibition in the UK for 40 years documenting the iconic Bauhaus art school and it's post WW1 vision.
Bauhaus: Art as Life "explores the diverse artistic production that made up it's turbulent fourteen-year history and delves into the subjects at the heart of the school: art, culture, life, politics and society, and the changing technology of the age".If you can't get down to see it don't panic, the exhibition catalogue is fantastic and available to buy here along with some beautiful Bauhaus designed goodies. But if you do visit, be sure to check out our letter-pressed greetings cards in the shop!
It's that time again, Print Club's summer screen print show, Blisters - The Directors Cut
(all the prints are derived from movies) has just been announced. True to form, the exhibition will showcase 40 original prints from 40 artists, in editions of 40 for £40.
This years line up of well known and up-coming artists includes; Babycrow, Conception Studios, James Joyce, Kate Moross, MOL, RYCA, Ryan Chapman, Si Scott and Steve Wilson.
The show will be hosted one again in the MC Motors building (next to the Print Club studio). It opens for a private view 6-10pm on Friday 31 August (RSVP only) and is then open 10am - 6pm Saturday 1 September.
Here's a sneak peek at what's going to be on offer...
Up - Anthony Peters, Imeus Design
Lost Boys - Philip Morgan
Star Wars - Conception Studios
Back to the Future - RYCA
Metropolis - Raid71
All images courtesy of Print Club London and copyright of the individual artists.
To coincide with the 2012 Olympics, the Design Museum
in association with Oakley
have curated, Designed to Win
, an exhibition showcasing outstanding design & innovation in sport and celebrating "the ways in which design and sport are combined, pushing the limits of human endeavour to achieve records and victories of increasing significance and wonder".
It looks at the relationship between design and sport; how design has progressed some sport, how sport has influenced design and how this relationship has led to winning performances.
The exhibition opened today and runs until 18 November 2012 so there's plenty of time to get down there and see it (for your own sanity though, it's probably best to wait until the Olympic circus has left town).Images copyright Justine AW (Rugenius).Via Notcot.
Mind the Map: Inspiring art, design and cartography
is a new exhibition opening at the London Transport Museum
on Friday 18 May looking at the history and creativity of London transport maps.
Mind the Map
"The displays will explore geographical, diagrammatic and decorative transport maps, as well as the influence of the iconic London Tube map on cartography, art and the public imagination. The Underground, London Transport, and its successor Transport for London, have produced outstanding maps for over 100 years. These have not only shaped the city, they have inspired the world."
will run until 28 October 2012, so there's plenty of time to see it, however if don't get chance to see it in person there is an accompanying book published by Lund Humphries, 'London Underground Maps: Inspiring Art, Design and Cartography'.
Images copyright London Transport Museum and Stephen Walter respectively.
Huge thanks to Finola Gaynor for letting us know about You Are Here: Works by the legendary American graphic designer Lance Wyman
the Norwich University College of Arts - yes, finally a Lance Wyman exhibition in the UK!
Finola curated the exhibition which will be showing, "some of Wyman's most notable graphic design and wayfinding projects along with other rare and celebrated works such as Mexico's first commemorative stamp"
until 9 June 2012.
My favourite two pieces of his work are in the exhibition; the best ever Olympic poster (above) and elements from his US National Zoo signage that we posted about here
, so I really can't wait to see it. I feel a road rip coming on!
The Gallery at NUCA is open to the public Tuesday too Saturday, 12 to 5pm and admission is free.Image copyright Lance Wyman.
It's that time of year again - the countdown is on to the first day of the AT open house
. Saturday will see the doors of 42 Hendon Street fling open again showing a fantastic selection of art, design, soft furnishings, tea and lets not forget the cake!
This years artists/designers/makers include; Alice Pattullo illustrative prints and makes / Snorkus cards, softies & screen prints / Delicious Industries small press and vintage prints / Natalie Martin painting & drawings / Mr Wingate hand printed textiles for your home / Love Hove cutesy badges and bags / Mark Pavey letterpress, screen prints & books / Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables handprinted critters / Lou Taylor papercut illustration / Rhys Trussler painting and works on paper / Carlos Garde-Martin illustration and badges / Shona Macdonald photography / Winsome & Saucy knitted / accessories & silver / Erin Prior paintings on canvas & paper.
Pop by and say hello, we'd all love to see you!
Open 5/6, 12/13, 19/29 & 26/27 May 2012. 12-6pm.
Today Hotel Street
is opening it's doors for the first time in the UK. The Sailor Jerry gallery, shop and event space in London's Soho is named after the Honolulu district where the infamous tattoo artist Norman 'Sailor Jerry' Collins worked and made his name.
A merchandise shop and art gallery by day Hotel Street turns into a dive bar/rock club
at night, showcasing the best new rock bands and will also have a fortnightly film club showing classic rock documentaries and films every other Sunday - 'an all-round good place for bad people'
The most exciting part of all this for me is the exhibition of original Norman Collins flash artwork, hand-painted by 'Sailor Jerry' himself, now fully restored and previously unseen in the UK.
"If you really want a true classic tattoo, you'll have to go back in time and cross the Pacific. When your tramp steamer hits the port of Honolulu, jump ashore and head straight to Chinatown. Soon, you'll hit Hotel Street. You'll know you're there by the sudden progression of wide-eyed sailors, foul-mouthed roughnecks, and general mayhem. And there, tucked away on a steamy side street, you'll see the bright red neon glow of "Sailor Jerry's"-the tattoo shop that put ink on the fighting men of the Pacific for nearly 40 years."
"Good work ain't cheap. Cheap work ain't good." Norman 'Sailor Jerry' Collins.
Find out more about Norman 'Sailor Jerry' Collins here
and keep up-to-date with Hotel Street gig listings and goings on here
These dramatically bold paintings are the wonderful work of London based artist and designer, Phil Ashcroft
His graphic landscapes have a dark, mysterious feel, "combining influences from abstract expressionism, British landscape painting, Japanese woodcuts, and graphic street art, Ashcroft integrates varied visual styles to generate a crossover between space, object and environment."
I love the way he plays with scale in his paintings, incorporating the tiny buildings really exaggerates the drama and impact of the full image.
Mr Ashcroft has had many, many exhibitions over the years from solo exhibitions in Liberty London, and (an old favourite for me) Arc-Arts, Manchester to group exhibitions in the Tate Modern and The Barbican. Some of you may have seen his work earlier this month at Pick Me Up 2012
as part of Nelly Duff's
You can see more of Phil Ashcroft's work here
and keep up-to-date with his recent goings on here
.All images copyright Phil Ashcroft.Via But Does it Float.
The lovely people at Print Club
are now accepting submissions for Blisters - The Directors Cut
, their 'big end of Summer hand pulled screenprinted poster show'
As usual the 40 pieces selected from 40 artists will be from a range of 'established and emerging illustrators, designers and street artists', in editions of 40 and sold for £40! Anyone can enter and the deadline for entries is Sunday 10 June 2012.
For those interested, here's the brief:
Submit an alternative movie poster in your own style inspired by your favorite film! The catch is, you cannot use the title of the film at all. Use of other text is allowed of course but it should stand alone as an image, scene or typographic piece, it doesn’t have to be an advertisement for the film!Poster size B2 (700x500mm) and to be screenprinted!
More information here
Entrance to the first floor gallery, sneaking a peek at Camoflage, 1986
Butterfly Day, 1955 Brillo, 1970 and Muhammad Ali by Andy Warhol poster, 1978Andy Warhol designed posters and commercial workDollar sign, 1981 and Cow, 1966
The De La Warr Pavilion
is always a great weekend drive out - it's an amazing building, there's always an interesting exhibition on and the cafe has such delicious cake, what's not to like?! But until 26 February 2012 there's an added bonus to taking a trip out there...
Warhol is Here
, the best collection of Andy Warhol work I've ever seen in one place. I've read a lot about this exhibition over the last month, but I was still amazed by it's size and content. There are some of Warhol's most iconic pieces in little old Bexhill, pieces I've discussed and written about in many art history lectures and essays so to see them in all their enourmity was a real treat.
The ground floor gallery guides you through the main part of his career from early pan & ink illustrations, through his commercial works, self-portraits, photography and on to some of his most famous 60's and 70's pieces; the wonderful Marilyn Diptych
(1962), all ten Mao
(1972) screenprints, the Brillo Boxes
(1968), two prints from the Campbell's Soup series
(Green Pea & Tomato, both 1968) and a selection of the Electric Chair series
The First floor gallery, papered floor to ceiling in the bright pink & yellow cow print, focusses on Warhol's later 80's work including one of my favourite pieces - the giant bold and brash Dollar Sign
And for those with enough energy to make it to the rooftop foyer, there's a sound installation by Dr. Jean Wainwright to accompany the exhibition. Tape recordings of interviews, stories and conversations about Andy Warhol with those that knew him well.
I can't recommend this exhibition enough, it's exhibition of the year for me and to top it all, it's free admission!"The show is assembled from a selection of works from ARTIST ROOMS, (a new collection of modern and contemporary art held by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland for the nation), as well as those sourced from Tate collection, The British Museum, V&A, Cecil Higgins Art Gallery other private collections."All works copyright of The Andy Warhol Foundation for The Visual Arts, Artists Rights Society (ARS, New York/DACS London
Our favourite seafront gallery, Castor + Pollux
is currently showing (and selling) illustrator Lo Cole's bold and colourful prints until the 18 October.Lo Cole
is a freelance illustrator and print maker based in Gloucestershire with a career already spanning 20 years and a very impressive client list including; Vogue, The Guardian, Greenpeace, The Royal National Theatre, Harper Collins and Royal Mail Stamps.
All his pieces are vibrant and energetic, but some are simple and graphic whilst others are wild and abstract. It's the more graphic prints that do it for me though, especially the bird one above with the lovely little pink and red birds.
I really need to get down there and see it before it finishes!Images copyright Lo Cole.
Revolutionary Film Posters: Aesthetic Experiments of Russian Constructivism, 1920-33
is an exhibition just coming to an end at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York.
The exhibition comprises of 95 posters including works from Alexander Rodchenko, 'The Stenberg Brothers' (Georgii & Vladimir) and Alexander Naumov. Many of which are the only known surviving examples and have never before been publicly exhibited. "Reacting to the chaos of the Russian Revolution, the Constructivists sought order and felt it their civic duty to engineer a more stable and harmonious society."
I love the bold colours and dynamic compositions. It's such a shame I've only just found out about it. Don't worry though if you missed it too, all the posters along with photos of the exhibition can be seen here
.Images taken from Tony Shafrazi Gallery.Via MUBI.
Andy Smith's new exhibition Sunny Side Up
at Soma Gallery, Bristol promises to be great. It previews on Friday 24th June and then runs until the 20th August.
The exhibition will include 12 new large, hand-screenprints featuring "bold statements, strange visitors, warnings from gurus, the thoughts of CaptainScott and other random themes",
new 3d arrows, moose heads, totes and stickers all in the distinctive Andy Smith illustration and lettering style.
All the artwork in the show will be available online
too, so don't worry if like me you can't make it over to Bristol for the show.
For more info visit Soma
, or see teaser images of Andy's new work here
.Image copyright Andy Smith.
I bet you can't guess what these images are?
They're large photographic prints of the vintage model car decal sheets you probably had as a child - "tiny snapshots of color and shape that over time become elemental symbols and glyphs in the personal mythologies unique to each of us"
Seeing these tiny decals exploded to such a large scale really exaggerates the print quality and colour creating a wonderful patina and a warm feeling of nostalgia. Displacement - new work by Mark Havens
is currently showing at JAGR: Projects
Philadelphia, until the end of July 2011.Images copyright Mark Havens. Via The Chicane.
MOMA's Department of Advertising and Graphic Design
(their in-house design team) have launched a portfolio site
showcasing a selection of their recent exhibition design, advertising and print.
It's really interesting to see how they use the gallery space for each exhibition and how well they design the info graphics/signage to enhance the visitor experience and compliment each artists work. I also love that they've commissioned traditional billboard artists too!
I've always wanted to visit MOMA
, but after seeing these pics I want to go even more.Images copyright Museum of Modern Art.