CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead including data visualisation exhibition Beautiful Science at the British Library, Erwin Blumenfeld in Zürich, Design Indaba in Cape Town, scrap metal graphics from David Buckingham in London, a letterpress masterclass at the Ditchling Museum, Hipgnosis album artwork talk and signing in Birmingham, Letizia Battaglia in Liverpool, and the Arctic Design Week …
Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight
British Library, London
20 Feb – 26 May
The British Library’s first science exhibition, exploring the importance of data visualisation. From 17th century illustrated diagrams to contemporary interactive visualisations, the show looks at the work of scientists and statisticians through history, with key themes of public health, weather and evolution.
Early works include a visual representation of a hierarchically organised universe in Robert Fludd’s Great Chain of Being, Florence Nightingale’s rose diagram of Crimean War deaths, and temperature and mortality diagrams from William Farr (1840-50, pictured above). These sit alongside contemporary moving infographics from NASA’s ocean flow animation to the interactive One Zoom Tree of evolutionary relationships.
Erwin Blumenfeld: Vive L’Amerique!
Galerie Edwynn Houk, Zürich
Until 15 Mar
Classic prints from Blumenfeld’s colour portfolios, including influential and inventive fashion and advertising work from the avant-garde icon. It was during the post-war boom years in the USA that he flourished as a photographer, shooting hundreds of covers for well-known magazines such as Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, and the faces of stars including Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich.
Cape Town International Convention Centre
26 Feb – 2 Mar
Three day creative conference celebrating a broad variety of creative sectors including graphic design, advertising, film, music, fashion, product design, architecture, visual art, digital media, publishing, broadcasting and more. The conference (26-28 Feb) includes over 40 speakers with Stefan Sagmeister, Thomas Heatherwick, Naoto Fukasawa and Zanele Muholi amongst others. Following this, the Expo showcases work from emerging artists, and film and music programmes run alongside. Read more on the CR blog here.
David Buckingham: Under The Influence
21 Feb – 29 Mar
Scream Gallery, London
Colourful graphic works created from scrap metal salvaged from the artist’s trips across the Californian desert. Taking inspiration from his former role as an advertising copywriter, Buckingham embeds slogans and phrases into his works for his first solo exhibtion.
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
Masterclass led by Phil Baines, graphic designer, letterpress practitioner and Professor of typography, where participants have the opportunity to produce work using the Stanhope Press, as used by Eric Gill and Hilary Pepler. Materials and lunch are provided, with unlimited access to the galleries. For booking info visit bookwhen.com/museumartcraft
Hipgnosis: Masters of Album Cover Artwork
St Paul’s Gallery, Birmingham
Event celebrating work of Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell, with classic album artwork on show including covers for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, plus previously unseen prints of covers for Scorpions, Strawbs and Wishbone Ash. Powell will give a talk with Graham Gouldman of 10cc, alongside immersive visuals from DomeClub and opportunities for signings.
Letizia Battaglia: Breaking the Code of Silence
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
22 Feb – 4 May
Exhibition of black-and-white images from Sicilian photographer and journalist, spanning from 1970s to 1990s. Work includes documentation of the Sicilian mafia’s violent reign, alongside other social-political projects from dark periods of post-WWII Italian history, and more recent work. The artist will also be in conversation at the gallery on 20 Feb.
Arctic Design Week
Various venues, Rovaniemi, Finland
Until 23 Feb
The world’s northernmost design week, with seminars, workshops, roundtables, exhibitions, brunches, and a design boutique. Many of the events focus on the arctic as a source for creativity, and how arctic design provides solutions to the challenging conditions of the world’s northern regions.
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