CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead, including Push Pin Studios exhibiton at Kemistry London, AGI Open conference in London, reopening of the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft in Sussex, St Bride Library mini conference on book design, Moving Stories: Children’s Books from Page to Screen at the National Media Museum in Bradford, the art of designer MacDonald Gill at PM Gallery Ealing, Recon festival in Leeds, graphic art from Aaron Rose in Berlin, and Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam …
The Seymour & Milton Posters Show
19 Sep – 2 Nov
Kemistry Gallery, London
Push Pin Studios was a graphic design and illustration studio formed by Seymour Chwast and Milton Glaser in New York in 1954. After both being fired from Esquire magazine on the same time, the duo joined forces to form the art studio, which they directed for twenty years. The visual language of Push Pin, often wry and surrealist in nature, and referencing culture and literature, derived in part from an interest in historical design movements, and represented an important period in postwar graphic design. The entire series of their collaborative magazine, Push Pin Graphic, a bimonthly publication, goes on show this month alongside a selection of posters, early sketches, and more recent work a the Kemistry Gallery in London. Click here to read more.
AGI Open, London
26 & 27 Sep
The annual congress of the Alliance Typographique Internationale (AGI) comes to London this September. A members-only club of the world’s leading graphic designers and graphic artists, AGI also has a strong educational remit. As part of this, it will also be staging its Open conference in the capital, a two day event with talks from over 30 top graphic designers, including Ben Bos, Irma Boom, Pablo Martín, Astris Stavro, Pierre Bernard, Margaret Calvert, Marion Deuchars and Spitting Image creator Roger Law.
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft reopens
From 21 September
Ditchling, East Sussex
After a major redevelopment the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft reopens to the public this Saturday, showcasing the work of artists and craftworkers such as type designer Eric Gill, calligrapher Edward Johnston, and printer Hilary Pepler. The museum has been redesigned and extended by Adam Richards Architects, and will feature a new entrance and shop, the conversion of a listed cart-lodge and a dedicated learning space for practical workshops and talks related to the collection.
Stories from the Fold: A mini conference on book design
St Bride Library, London
An evening celebrating book design at St Bride Library, who specialise in printing, publishing, type design and graphic arts. Ten contemporary practitioners talk covers, graphics, typography, new technologies, children’s literature, academic publishing and more.
Moving Stories: Children’s Books from Page to Screen
Until 6 Oct
National Media Museum, Bradford
There’s still time to visit the special family exhibition which explores how some of the best-loved children’s books have been adapted for film and TV, with interactive displays about characters, story lines and design of famous fairy tales, mythical adventures and modern day classics.
Out of the Shadows: MacDonald Gill
20 Sep – 2 Nov
PM Gallery, London
The first major retrospective of designer and architect MacDonald Gill’s work opens today, including illustrated maps, posters, logos, typefaces and personal memorabilia. Well-known pieces including his Wonderground Map sit alongside rarely seen original artwork and personal papers, many of which have been tucked away undisturbed for more than 50 years, only recently discovered by Gill’s nephew after he inherited his remote Sussex cottage. Click here to read more.
Until 5 October
Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin
Solo show from graphic artist Aaron Rose, well-known as being part of the Beautiful Losers urban art movement, who mixed DIY aesthetics from skateboarding, graffiti and underground music. The show focuses on various ideas around cults – cults of particular social groups, of belief systems, of success, of love – with work made up of hand lettering, abstract symbols, numerology, vintage clip art, simple shapes and bold colours.
22 – 29 Sep
Various locations, Leeds & Bradford
Bringing together experimenters and innovators across the fields of music, art and film, events at Recon festival this week look set to showcase some interesting collaborations and new work, including audio visual projects between artists and musicians, such as Eoin Shea with the band Nope, (pictured above), and Andrew Lampert and the Vibracathedral Orchestra; and Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure, a film about the pre-internet viral phenomenon of a highly sought-after recording of two men arguing, alongside of the Sense of Adventure Tape Deck Orchestra.
Unseen Photo Fair
26 – 29 Sep
Focusing on undiscovered photography talent and unseen work by established photographers, the second Unseen Photo fair has more than fifty international galleries participating in the event, being held in Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek, a former gasworks site. The Unseen Collection, a series of affordably priced works and the Unseen Book Marker, celebrating independent publishers run alongside the main festival.
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