CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead including Japanese poster art in Zürich, Pulitzer Prize Winning vintage photos in London, gig poster design at Flyposting #3 in Leeds, Richard Hamilton (times two) in London, photography from Philip-Lorca diCorcia at The Hepworth Wakefield, Supergraph graphic arts festival in Melbourne, Subversive Design in Brighton, and interactive photo exhibition The Darkroom in Rotterdam …
Japanese Poster Artists – Cherry Blossom and Asceticism
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
12 Feb – 25 May
Spanning over 60 years the work in this exhibition traces the histories and aesthetics of Japanese graphic design and its dialogue with both Eastern and Western visual culture. Poster art from three masters Shigeo Fukuda, Kazumasa Nagai, and Ikko Tanaka, sits alongside work from the 1950s to the present day. Accompanying the posters are interviews with artists, and projections of typical Japanese street scenes giving viewers a chance to experience how posters are used in Japan’s public spaces today.
Eyewitness: Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographs
Daniel Blau, London
15 Feb – 29 Mar
Exhibition of original vintage prints of iconic Pulitzer-winning photographs, many of which have helped to document and shape history, creating timeless images laden with artistic, cultural and often political significance. The Pulitzer Prize cash awards mark achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature, musical composition, and all on show have been winners. Works include the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald (prime suspect of Kennedy’s assassination), by Robert H. Jackson, and Bill Crouch’s image of a near collision at an air show
Gallery Munroe House, Leeds
Until 22 Feb
The annual event celebrating gig poster design is back, co-curated by Tony Baker in association with The Gallery at (Leeds City College). Work featured comes from Graham Pilling, Handcooked Poster, Horse Graphic Design Studio, Jacknife and Lewis Heriz, amongst others.
Tate Modern, London (Until 26 May)
Alan Cristea, London (Until 22 Mar)
Two retrospectives celebrate British artist Richard Hamilton this season, often regarded as one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century and a founding figure of pop art. The Tate Modern explores his relationship to design, painting, photography and television, along with his engagement and collaborations with other artists. Whilst the Alan Cristea Gallery examines the themes of protest, portraits, interiors and landscapes, and his experimental creative process.
The Hepworth Wakefield
14 Feb – 1 June
Exhibition from Massachusetts-born photographer diCorcia, whose work often falls somewhere between documentary and theatrically staged photography. Prearranged compositions sit with informal snapshots, including examples from each of his major series from the 70s through to the 00s – Santa Monica street portraits of male prostitutes in Hustlers; Streetworks captures scenes in Tokyo, Calcutta and Mexico City; dramatically lit pole-dancers posing mid-swing in Lucky 13; A Storybook Life explores the art of narrative; Heads, captures passers by in strobe light; and his most recent series East of Eden, created in response to the 2008 financial crash.
Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
14 – 16 Feb
Three day contemporary graphic arts festival, celebrating design, print and illustration, with an exhibition and print fair from established and emerging artists, creative workshops, artist-led masterclasses, family activities and other events, on everything from 3D packaging to fashion illustration, the art of collaboration to how to succeed in commercial illustration.
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Until 9 Mar
130 items from product, fashion and furniture design, provoke and amuse, whilst aiming to subvert preconceptions about our relationships with everyday objects. Work comes from a wide range of designers and makers including Alexander McQueen, David Shrigley, Philippe Starck, Grayson Perry, Vivienne Westwood and Leigh Bowery, amongst others.
The Darkroom: Extraordinary Stories from the History of Dutch Photography
Netherlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam
Ongoing until 2016
In a 250 sq ft basement space, fifty developing trays basking in red light, a light wall timeline of giant negatives, along with other objects and ephemera, trace the history of Dutch photography in this permanent interactive exhibition. Putting a white sheet into the ‘developing tray’, viewers activate the narratives recorded by photographers with images, film and music, and new parts added regularly as the exhibition continues.
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