Studio couch, 1956 (light and shadow) © Fernand Fonssagrives
Silver gelatin print
I can't wait to see Fernand Fonssagrives
at the Michael Hoppen Gallery
. Fonssagrives was an iconic fashion photographer whose images have graced the pages of fashion magazines throughout the world.
His first wife and muse, ballerina turned model (and some say, the first super model) Lisa Fonssagrives, "helped to define the natural, effortless beauty that has become the mainstay of fashion photography as we now know it".
His photos of Lisa embraced the mood of the 30's and 40's - the strikingly graphic silhouettes with a clean modernist feel and the dynamic, poses of her leaping through the air capturing the care-free attitude.Taxi Cab New York 1945 © Estate of Fernand Fonssagrives courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery
Silver gelatin printThe Coat Hanger c.1940 © Estate of Fernand Fonssagrives courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery
Silver gelatin printElan 1935 © Estate of Fernand Fonssagrives courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery
Silver gelatin print
Fonssagrives died in 2003. Despite at one time being the highest paid photographer in the world and being a key figure in the New York School of avant-garde photography his work remained quite anonymous and rarely seen.
However from the 14 January to 6 March
his wonderful images will be on show at the Michael Hoppen Gallery, London
. I for one can't wait!
is the inaugural exhibition of Prism
, an architecturally designed three-storey exhibition space and bookshop (below right) located on Sunset Boulevard, LA.
"The mission of the project space is to become a cornerstone of artistic experimentation, carving a new niche for the arts here in Southern California. The long-term exhibition program, featuring national and international artists, promises to be vibrant and thought-provoking as it works with creative minds to cultivate a challenging and diverse aesthetic experience for the public."mindthegap
features the work of 2 exceptional artists; Barry McGee
(above) - husband of the late Margaret Kilgallen
, a San Francisco based artist, "first known as 'Twist', the moniker under which he attained cult status among his peers as a graffiti writer"
and Philip Frost
(below left) - a self-taught artist and sculptor, "who began his career in the early '90s by aggressively blanketing New York City's streets and doorways with strips of brightly colored wheat-pasted posters"
Both Mcgee and Frost create strikingly bold, bright pieces - together their work will make a stunning exhibition. I just wish it was a bit nearer to the UK!
is running until 20 February 2010.Images copyright the artists from Prism and Keep Left.
Via Keep Left.
This week marks the 35th birthday of one of my favourite characters, Hello Kitty. Now doesn't she look good for 35?
Hello Kitty was designed for Sanrio
by Ikuko Shimizu. She was first introduced to the Japanese public on a small vinyl purse in 1974 and to the US public a few years later in 1976. The start of what they describe as a, "global Hello Kitty phenomenon"
, and who could disagree? Over the last 35 years many fictional characters have come and gone, but Hello Kitty is still going strong - stronger in fact!
To celebrate, Sanrio have teamed up with Jamie Rivadeneira, owner of pop-culture shop, JapanLa
, to create a three week long exhibition, 'Three Apples Art Show
' - "a multi-dimensional exhibition and celebration of all things Hello Kitty; the first ever event of its kind in the US!"
It incorporates an art exhibition showcasing one-of-a-kind Hello Kitty inspired pieces created by 80+ contemporary artists, a pop-up shop and unique product/design displays including a retrospective of products and collaborations from the last 35 years.The event is currently running at the Royal, T café, shop and art space in Culver City, CA until 15 November.
For those of us that can't hop over to the West coast to see the exhibition, there are loads of 35th anniversary products available here
.Image copyright Sanrio.
is the, "inaugural exhibition in the newly re-located Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography"
in New York.Herb Lubalin's
wonderfully elaborate and stylized typography will be exhibited alongside the work it has influenced from internationally recognized, contemporary designers such as Marian Bantjes, Non-Format, Rick Valicenti and Marcus Eriksson. "On view in Cooper Union’s new gallery, the installation includes recent posters, publications, and motion graphics by internationally recognized graphic designers that spotlight an emerging trend toward expressive lettering and typography.Original sketches, magazines, logotypes, and posters selected from the Lubalin Center Archive will illuminate Lubalin’s influence on contemporary graphic design."
The exhibition, curated by Mike Essl and Alexander Tochilovsky, runs from 5 November - 8 December 2009 and is free to all you lucky peeps in NY - I'm not jealous at all!Images copyright of the individual designers.
'Lubalin Now' logo copyright Justin Thomas Kay.
Via Grain Edit.
Tennessee letterpress studio, Yee-Haw Industries
have taken over Chelsea Market in the meat-packing district of Manhattan with their wonderful prints and posters until January 2010."Over 100 letterpress pieces all hand-printed from wood cuts & antique type", are said to "adorn the vast and cavernous Chelsea Market".
These sneak peak images from Design:Related
show how great the exhibition sits in this urban, industrial space against the bare-brick walls and exposed columns. I really need a trip to NYC!Images copyright Design:Related.VIa Notcot.
Ed Ruscha, 1964
. Images copyright Dennis Hopper, courtesy Tony Shafrazi Gallery, NY.James Rosenquist, 1964. Images copyright Dennis Hopper, courtesy Tony Shafrazi Gallery, NY.Robert Fraser, Tijuana, 1965. Images copyright Dennis Hopper, courtesy Tony Shafrazi Gallery, NY.Biker couple, 1961. Images copyright Dennis Hopper, courtesy Tony Shafrazi Gallery, NY.
These great snap shots of the 60’s are as seen through the eyes of Hollywood legend, Dennis Hopper. This Easy Rider, unbeknown to most, has been taking photographs since the 50’s. His own fame gave him easy access to America's elite and he photographed many iconic faces, from fellow actors, Dean Martin & John Wayne, to artists Andy Warhol, David Hockney & Roy Lichtenstein and musicians Tina & Ike Turner.“His photos of a relaxed, shirtless Paul Newman and the cowboy-playing John Wayne and Dean Martin on the set of 'The Sons of Katie Elder' are visual gems”. Paul Laster for The Daily Beast.Signs of the Times
is an exhibition showcasing 110 of Hopper’s amazing images (1961-67), a selection of his new paintings and screenings of 40 of his films and TV shows. It runs from 24 October at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery
, New York and will be accompanied by a 544 page limited edition book by Taschen of the same name.Images copyright Dennis Hopper from The Daily Beast, courtesy Tony Shafrazi Gallery, NY.
Big thanks to Anna Fidalgo for letting us know about Richard Hogg's
first solo show, Of the Wall
at Concrete Hermit
The show opened last night and runs until the 29 August.
"Of the wall is a simple story about happiness, freedom, rebellion and its consequences, told across three pictures. Like a kind of triptych or a very simple comic. It forms the centerpiece of this show."
There will also be a large selection of new prints and drawings by Mr Hogg
on display and a chance to get a sneaky peak at his forthcoming book, 'Car Boot Sale'.
Brighton gallery, Crane Kalman
has a great Summer exhibition running at the minute on the theme 'BLUE
'. It incorporates work from some really great photographers; Slim Aarons, Rob Carter, Karine Laval, Christopher Morlinghaus, Wendy Pye and Morgan Silk (above)
, as well as a couple of our personal favourites, Hugh Holland (below top)
and Jeff Divine (below bottom)
The exhibition runs until 30 August, so if you are down at the seaside over the next few weeks take a detour and check it out!Images copyright (top to bottom): Morgan Silk, Hugh Holland, Jeff Divine.
have some great limited edition prints from London based type designer and typographic illustrator, Seb Lester
Seb originally studied graphic design at Central Saint Martin's, before specialising in typography and has created typefaces used by Dell, Intel and the New York Times. "Seb is passionate about letterforms which form the basis for his pieces. He brings letters to life with his animated illustration style and bold sense of humour." from the press release for his up and coming exhibition.
You can check out his work in person next month if you're in the Newcastle area as his new exhibition previews at the Electrik Sheep Gallery
on 6 August. It should be a cracking show.Images copyright Seb Lester.
I've seen loads of these Festival of Britain
guides for sale in the past, but for some reason they've always had pages or bits of pages hacked out of them. Finally though, I found this one in perfect condition.
The cover's my favourite part of the guide. It's a natural coloured, thick paper with a 4-colour print including white. White litho must have been quite unusual in the early 50's, but it looks great and really helps showcase the Festival logo - an iconic Britannia emblem designed by offical war poster artist, Abram Games (seen above on the cover).
The Festival of Britain was a national festival launched in May 1951 to promote better British design, construction and engineering, to create a national feeling of progress and to boost British moral. It was also a centenary celebration of the Great Exhibition held in 1851.
Exhibitions were held throughout the country, but the main venue was on the South Bank in London at a specially designed site developed by architect Hugh Casson and his appointed team. The team aimed to introduce the idea of urban design and showcase the principles intended to be used in the re-building of London; elevated walkways, modernist style architecture and multi-level buildings. Sadly though, only The Royal Festival Hall still remains.
Here's a plan of the South Bank Centre site:
Here's a selection of the adverts throughout the guide - the BOAC/BEA (below) is really great.
FInd out more about the festival here
The Design Museum
, London are currently exhibiting the first UK retrospective of Javier Mariscal
- Spanish artist, designer, sculptor, illustrator, interior designer and furniture designer - "one of the world's most innovative and original designers of our time".Javier Mariscal
was born in Valencia in 1950, but moved to Barcelona to live and work in 1970 were he opened Estudio Mariscal in 1989. Throughout his career Mariscal has created mascots for the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992 ('Cobi'
- below) and for the Hanover 2000 Expo in 1995 ('Twipsy'), he created the now famous diary room chair for the second year of Channel 4's 'Big Brother' in 2001, designed the popular 'Alexandra Armchair' as part of the Amorosos Furniture Collection for Moroso and created identities for the Swedish Socialist Party 'Socialdemkraterna', Barcelona Zoo, and London post-production company, Framestore.
Mariscal has such a huge body of work that the exhibition should be fantastic - apparently there's an entrance tunnel displaying 640 examples of his work from the last 30 years (including typefaces) and on the exterior of the Design Museum he has created a giant typographic mural, "showcasing his unique vision and signature design style"
The exhibition runs until 1 November 2009 and has it's very own blog
to keep everyone up-to-date with the goings on.Images copyright Javier Mariscal.
Steve Lambert's solo show, Everything you want, right now!
is currently running at LA's Charlie James Gallery
until 6 June."Lambert takes on the vernacular of commercial signage, with a regional emphasis unique to Los Angeles. Visually, he is interested in what makes certain styles of signage feel so innately familiar, and in the methods that signage employs to grab our attention".
I love the look of the fairground style signs with their flashing light bulbs and quirky messages...Images copyright Steve Lambert and Charlie James Gallery.
Le Corbusier (1887-1965) is my favourite architect ever, his buildings are stunning and still look modern, even though the one above was completed in 1931."His architecture and radical ideas for reinventing modern living, from private villas to large scale social housing to utopian urban plans, still resonate today"
.Le Corbusier: The Art of Architecture
is running at the Barbican
Art Gallery until 24 May 2009 - it's a must-see and I can't wait to get down there and see it!
If you can't visit the exhibition there is more information about the life and work of this great architect here
.Images copyright Barbican Art Gallery.
Look what we treated ourselves to at the weekend! A lovely framed Jonny Hannah
linocut of 'A Very Smart Young Man
' from the equally lovely Castor + Pollux
They've got a great selection of his new prints
in stock at the moment, which are definitely worth checking out, but this is an old favourite that we've had our eye on for a while. Finally it's ours
These fabulous letters and many, many more can be seen at Buchstabenmuseum
, the Museum of Letters in Berlin - they've been salvaging used letters and signage for the last 4 years.
To view the full collection book an appointment the next time you are in Berlin, or take a look at Core77
's wonderful, sneak preview
pics.Images copyright Core77.