7 May — 8 May 2021
Type Drives Communities
Held virtually on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8, for two half-days of talks, presentations, and group discussion spanning design disciplines and local and global communities. The conference will highlight communities that use typography to pursue a common purpose, establish intergenerational connections, and spark and sustain change. What do their strategies suggest about how we might navigate the challenges of our present moment of physical distance and virtual connection?
You can register here.
7 May — 19 September 2021
The first retrospective of the artist Richard Mosse, curated by Urs Stahel. The exhibition explores the boundaries of documentary photography and contemporary art through the motifs of migration, conflict and climate change.
Fondazione MAST, Via Speranza, 42 – Bologna, IT 40133, Italy
12 May 2021
‘Bring a rare piece of the Archive into your own home or office while supporting our mission.’ The Letterform Archive’s first-ever auction takes place online at 7pm BST / 12 noon EST / 9am PST on Wed 12 May 2021.
See Steven Heller’s article ‘Objects of inspiration’ in Eye 100.
14 — 30 May 2021
A project by Print Club Torino, Plug, Quattrolinee
to 15 May 2021
Stefan Sagmeister: Beautiful Numbers
‘Beautiful Numbers’, Sagmeister’s new body of work, was conceived in 2020 as the daily lived experience – and short term media – reflected a world seemingly out of control, with democracy in peril, ubiquitous conflicts and an overall outlook of doom.
Thomas Erben Gallery, 526 West 26th Street, floor 4, New York 10001, US
Above: Stefan Sagmeister, Democracy I (1945/2015), 2020.
to 15 May 2021
to 16 May 2021
Anette Lenz: à propos
In Lenz’s first large-scale exhibition in Germany, her graphic works transform the spaces into immersive graphic worlds that turn visual communication into a sensual poetic and thought-provoking experience. anettelenz.com
Museum Angewandte Kunst, Schaumainkai 17, 60594 Frankfurt, Germany
Tue & Thur to Sun 10 am-6 pm; Wed 10 am-8 pm
Photos: Jan Middendorp.
See ‘Fill the white space’ on the Eye blog.
to 22 May 2021
Robert Mangold: A Survey 1981–2008
‘Robert Mangold: A Survey 1981-2008’, the artist’s first solo show in the UK in twelve years, features significant paintings spanning three decades, tracing pictorial developments by one of the most esteemed artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Pace Gallery, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ET, UK
Above: ‘Robert Mangold: A Survey 1981-2008’, installed at Pace Gallery. Photography: Damian Griffiths.
to 11 July 2021
Modern Look: Photography and the American Magazine
Featuring more than 150 works including photographs, layouts and cover designs, this exhibition considers the connections and influences of designers and photographers such as Richard Avedon, Lillian Bassman, Lester Beall, Margaret Bourke-White, Louis Faurer, Robert Frank, William Klein, Lisette Model, Gordon Parks, Irving Penn, Cipe Pineles, and Paul Rand.
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St, New York, NY 10128, US
Above: Paul Rand, Direction, Vol. 3 No. 9, December 1940.
to 31 July 2021
For this new artwork commissioned by the Jewish Museum, Weiner drew upon an old Yiddish phrase he often heard when growing up, ‘Ale Yevanim habn eyn punim,’ meaning all Greeks (i.e., all non-Jews) have the same face. Weiner reconceived this text to read ‘ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY HAVE THE SAME FACE’, and translated it simultaneously into English, Hebrew, and Arabic on a field of vibrant blue.
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St, New York, NY 10128, US
to 20 June 2021
An exhibition of the autodidact Russian graphic designer Alexey Brodovitch (1898-1971) that presents his work in magazines, photography, posters and identity during a long career.
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
to 3 October 2021
Vera List and the posters of Lincoln Center
Poster House’s second mini-exhibition focuses on the contribution made by Vera List to the creation of a poster program advertising the new Lincoln Center complex in 1962. Inspired by artist-designed posters she had seen in Paris, she earmarked $200,000 as seed money for what would become the List Art Poster Program (later known as the Vera List Art Project), featuring some of the most notable names in contemporary art, from Andy Warhol to Roy Lichtenstein, Ben Shahn to Robert Indiana. Each poster advertises a new building or event at the venue, chronicling how a now-famous New York institution was introduced to the public through posters.
Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011, US
to 3 October 2021
An Uncertain Spring
‘An uncertain spring’ mixes disciplines and generations, is an exhibition which delivers by sensitive touch the intimacy of this uncertain moment which was for some, the time to take up the pen, to reactivate dormant projects, to create objects of relief for the public, everyday objects for the private sphere.
Decorative Arts Museum, 107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Above: Alexandre Benjamin Navet, View from the Terrace n°1. Crayon à l’huile et pastel sur papier, 2020. © Grégory Copitet.
to 6 June 2021
Nalini Malani: Can You Hear Me?
Whitechapel Gallery unveils a major new work titled Can You Hear Me? by Nalini Malani (b. 1946 Karachi, Undivided India; lives and works in Mumbai, India) as part of its prestigious annual programme of artist commissions. Gallery 2. Free Entry
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX, UK
to 27 June 2021
to 22 August 2021
This exhibition focuses on the way artists of the Colorado region are absorbing, responding to, grappling with, and reimagining the upended world in which we find ourselves. The exhibition will present commissioned new work and reframe existing projects from four Colorado-based artists that respond to the current moment of upheaval, uncertainty and complexity.
MCA Denver 1485 Delgany St., Denver, CO 80202
to 6 September 2021
Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life
This exhibition will feature over 200 works created from the mid-1960s until the artist’s death, including sculptures, prints, drawings, jewelry, films, and archival materials. Highlighting Saint Phalle’s interdisciplinary approach and engagement with key social and political issues, the exhibition will focus on works that she created to transform environments, individuals, and society.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens, New York, US
Above: Installation view of ‘Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life’. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell.
to 29 September 2021
HfG Ulm: Ausstellungsfieber [ONLINE]
Exhibitions were so in vogue in the 1950s and 60s that experts spoke of an ‘exhibition fever’. Design was the topic of many exhibitions and fairs, and the HfG Ulm played a prominent role. The dynamic atmosphere of these decades becomes tangible for online visitors to ‘HfG Ulm: Exhibition Fever’ through presentations in diverse media, ranging from the impact of the Ulm School of Design and its global reception to the search for an ideal exhibition design.
‘HfG Ulm: Exhibition Fever’ forms the conclusion of a four-year research project ‘The Visibility of the Ulm School of Design: From Ulm to Montréal’, supported by the Volkswagen Foundation and organised by Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, the HfG-Archiv Ulm, and Pforzheim University.
HfG Archiv Ulm, Am Hochsträß 8, 89081 Ulm
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17 May — 26 September 2021
Haegue Yang: Strange Attractors
This exhibition brings together new and existing works spanning installation, sculpture, drawing, collage and painting. Haegue Yang is renowned for creating immersive environments from a diverse range of materials. Her sculptures and installations often use industrially made objects, interwoven with labour-intensive and craft-based processes. These processes reflect pagan cultures and their deep connection with various seasonal rituals in relation to natural phenomena.
Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG, UK
Above: Haegue Yang ‘Strange Attractors’ at Tate St Ives. Photo © Tate (Matt Greenwood)
17 May — 31 Oct 2021
AI: More than Human
Explored through prominent and cutting-edge research projects, and special commissions and projects by international artists, ‘AI: More than Human’ is an unprecedented survey of the relationship between humans and technology.
World Museum, William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EL UK
See ‘Thinking machine’, Darryl Clifton’s review of AI: More Than Human in Eye 99.
Above: Justine Emard, Co(AI)xistence, 2017, video installation, with Mirai Moriyama & Alter (developed by Ishiguro lab, Osaka University and Ikegami Lab, Tokyo University), © Justine Emard / Adagp, Paris 2018.
17 May — 22 Aug 2021
Spanning more than four decades in the studio, this exhibition brings together powerful work by the French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985). This show is the first in the UK in more than 50 years, highlighting Dubuffet’s radicalism as he experimented with materials.
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS, UK
Above: Jean Dubuffet, Paysage aux Argus (Landscape with Argus, 1955. Courtesy of Fondation Dubuffet, Paris.
18 May — 22 August 2021
Bill Brandt | Henry Moore
This major exhibition traces the parallel and intersecting careers of two leading artists of the 20th century. The photographer Bill Brandt (1904-83) and sculptor Henry Moore (1898-86) first crossed paths during the Second World War, when they created images of civilians sheltering in the London Underground during the Blitz. These photographs by Brandt and drawings by Moore today rank among their most iconic works.
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norfolk Road, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK
Above: Bill Brandt, Henry Moore, 1941. © Bill Brandt Archive Ltd.
18 May — 13 June 2021
Richard Hamilton: Respective
This exhibition brings together the full-range of work by Hamilton in our collection. It includes internationally important works including Hers is a Lush Situation (1958) and Swingeing London 67 (1968) alongside early studies from the 1950s and later works from the 1970s onwards that reveal his engagement with new digital technology.
Pallant House Gallery, 8-9 North Pallant, Chichester PO19 1TJ, UK
Above: Richard Hamilton, Swingeing London ’67, 1968. © Richard Hamilton 2020
18 May — 21 September 2021
The Landscape of Love and Solace
This exhibition will contextualise the life and work of John Nash within the history of the 20th century, and in particular via his key relationships, including Christine Kuhlenthal, who later became his wife. Works will also be presented from friends and peers including Edward Bawden, Peter Coker, Charles Ginner, Spencer Gore, Harold Gilman, Cedric Morris, Eric Ravilious, and Carel Weight.
Towner Art Gallery, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ, UK
Above: John Nash, Oppy Wood, 1918 © Imperial War Museum.
18 May — 22 August 2021
Margaret Calvert: Woman at Work
With a career spanning six decades, graphic designer Margaret Calvert has produced timeless work that we see everywhere — whether it is the design of the UK’s road signing system, with Jock Kinneir, way finding at railway stations and airports, or the typeface used on the gov.uk website, with Henrik Kubel, her work shapes much of our national visual identity. This display marks the launch of Network Rail’s new customised typeface, Rail Alphabet 2, designed by her in close collaboration with Henrik Kubel.
THE DISPLAY WILL BE CLOSED FROM WEDNESDAY 16 DECEMBER 2020: Following the announcement that London will be in COVID Tier 3, the museum and its exhibitions will be closed until Government guidance changes.
the Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 6AG, UK
See ‘Britain’s signature’ in Eye 71.
Above: Margaret Calvert, Jealous Gallery & Print Studios, Woman at Work.
19 May — 30 August 2021
Unearthed: Photography’s Roots
The gallery’s first major photography exhibition traces the rich history of the medium through depictions of nature, with more than 100 works by key figures including William Henry Fox Talbot and Imogen Cunningham as well as several overlooked photographers with rare works by Japanese artist, Kazumasa Ogawa and the English gardener, Charles Jones.
Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London SE21 7AD
Above: Richard Learoyd, Large Poppies (detail), 2019 © the Artist.
19 May 2021 — 12 December 2022
Phantoms of Surrealism
‘Phantoms of Surrealism’ will examine the pivotal role of women as both artists and as behind-the-scenes organisers within the Surrealist movement in Britain in the 1930s.
The Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX, UK
Above: Sheila Legge as Surrealist ‘Phantom’, TrafalgarSquare, London, 11 June 1936. Photograph attributed to Claude Cahun © Jersey Heritage Collections.
19 May — 29 August 2021
Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy
Throughout her nearly 70-year career, Agar synthesised elements of two of the twentieth century’s most significant artistic tendencies: Cubism and Surrealism. The exhibition explores how these early inspirations rapidly developed into her very personal style that offered a moving commentary on society over a period of tremendous social change.
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX, UK
Above: Eileen Agar, Erotic Landscape, 1942 © The Estate of Eileen Agar.
20 May — 31 October 2021
Taking a Line for a Walk
This exhibition will mark 50 years of revered illustrator John Vernon Lord’s life and work in Ditchling. Lord is one of Britain's most recognised and respected illustrators, owing both to his own practice, and his pioneering contribution to education across almost six decades.
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Ln, Ditchling, Hassocks BN6 8SP, UK
Above: John Vernon Lord, Jaguar Armadillo illustration for Who’s Zoo by Conrad Aiken, Cape 1977
20 May — 8 August 2021
Lee Miller: Fashion in Wartime Britain
This exhibition will explores the fashion photography of renowned surrealist photographer Lee Miller during the Second World War. It will feature more than 60 of Miller’s images for British Vogue from 1939 to early 1944, many of which have never been seen before.
Farleys House & Gallery, Farley Farm, Muddles Green, Chiddingly, East Sussex BN8 6HW, UK
Open on Sundays and Thursdays from 20 May until 8 August 2021
Above: Lee Miller, Corsetry, Solarised Photographs, Vogue Studio London England, 1942 © Lee Miller Archives.
22 May — 19 September 2021
Richard Mosse focuses on current political and ecological crises such as the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the crisis of European refugee and migration policy and the threat to the tropical rainforests. For his monumental photographs, Mosse uses infrared and UV techniques that were originally developed for military purposes and that make things visible that are actually imperceptible to the human eye.
Kunsthalle Bremen, Am Wall 207, 28195 Bremen, Germany
Above: Richard Mosse, Lost Fun Zone, 2012.
23 May — 26 September 2021
116 new and optimistic iPad works in praise of the natural world.
28 May — 21 August 2021
Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe
Citizen of the Universe takes a unique look at the visionary artist, educator and activist Ruth Asawa (b. 1926, Norwalk, CA – d. 2013, San Francisco, CA). The exhibition features her signature hanging sculptures in looped and tied wire, and celebrates her holistic integration of art, education and community engagement through displaying prints, drawings, letters and photographs.
Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP UK
Above: Ruth Asawa, 1957. Photo by Imogen Cunningham. Courtesy David Zwirner.
1 June — 1 July 2021
8 June 2021
Eye’s Type Tuesday at St Bride
Online only – an all star launch party for Eye 101.
19 June — 5 September 2021
Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life
An exhibition of the works of Charlotte Perriand, whose pioneering designs shaped the 20th century. Her modern ideas can be found in the way we live today, from the use of materials to her belief that good design is for everyone.
the Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG, UK
Above: Charlotte Perriand, Maison au bord de l'eau, 1934, © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2020 / © AChP.
18 September 2021 — 9 January 2022
Rock Against Racism: Militant Entertainment 1976-1982
An exhibition that aims to capture the excitement of the moment and the thirst for change, setting RAR’s activities within the social and political context of its time, showcasing the punky RAR aesthetic through posters, photography, badges, stickers, leaflets, letters from young fans across the world, as well as striking graphics from the legendary RAR fanzine, Temporary Hoarding.
De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill, East Sussex TN40 1DP, UK
Above: TH Collective, Temporary Hoarding #3, 1977.
1 — 11 October 2021
212 Photography Istanbul
212 Photography Istanbul is an annual cultural and educational international photography event, featuring an array of exhibits, workshops, film screenings, lecture/panels, portfolio reviews and more.
Mim Kemal Öke Cad.,No.6 D.6 Nişantaşı, Şişli, İstanbul, Turkey
Above: Charles Fréger, Iltis, Buschwiller, France, from the Wilder Mann series.
21 October 2021 — March 2022
Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules
In the 70th year of Beano’s top mischief-maker Dennis, ‘Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules’ will feature original comic drawings, never previously seen in public, selected across its 4,000-plus editions (to date) and rare archive artefacts, alongside works from leading artists and designers, imbued with the same Beano spirit of breaking the rules. Contributors include artists Bedwyr Williams, Hardeep Pandhal, Fourth Plinth artist Heather Phillipson, Holly Hendry, Lindsey Mendick, Sarah Lucas, Simeon Barclay and editorial cartoonist Martin Rowson.
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA, UK
The 39th Graphic Design Exhibition of the Turkish Graphic Designers Association
This year the annual GMK Graphic Design Exhibition, a recollection of graphic design in Turkey since its debut in 1981, is being held online. The GMK Graphic Design Exhibition Digital Archive will also be publicly accessible in the coming months, displaying this recollection and allowing closer examination of the work and shifting tendencies in Turkish design over the last 39 years.
Reverting to Type 2020: Protest posters
Reverting to Type 2020 is an exhibition of letterpress artwork with something to say, an international exhibition showcasing progressive letterpress artwork by 100 artists from seventeen countries, alongside the work of specially invited collaborators, including John Anstiss, Shelley Bird, Peter Kennard and Stewart Lee.
Those unable to visit in person can view the full exhibition contents at:
Hours: 12-6pm daily.
Standpoint Gallery, 45 Coronet Street, London N1 6HD, UK
Letterform Archive Online
The Letterform Archive have made their Online Archive public access. You can now enjoy virtual access to nearly 1500 objects and 9000 hi-fi images from their collection.
Lothar Götz: Salvation
Lothar Götz’s fourth solo exhibition in the Domo Baal gallery [currently closed]. The show’s title – with its suggestion of a place of safety and deliverance from earthly woe, finds an echo in the works included: their bursts of abstract space like an opening up of horizons after the closed-in ones of recent months.
Domo Baal, 3 John Street, London WC1N 2ES, UK
Above: Lothar Götz, Salvation 1, 2020.
Ruben Pater of Untold Stories at Insights 2020
Focusing on the ethics of design, this lecture discusses the unspoken realities of designers working remotely across the globe, and from there dives into social and political issues such as climate change, surveillance, and affordable housing.
See Peter Buwert’s ‘Design’s ugly truths’, a review of Ruben Pater’s The Politics of Design, in Eye 93.
Design Interview 10Q
A series of design talks – with Matteo Bologna, Erik Brandt, Dafi Kühne, Thomas Kronbichler and Niklaus Troxler, with more to come – curated by graphic designer Fabio Mario Rizzotti. You can watch the interviews on the @designinterview10q IGTV and YouTube channel.
See ‘Sticks in the mind’ in Eye 69.
The Museum of Design Atlanta has launched a range of online classes, workshops and meetups for both young and adult designers, as well as a series of online sessions, titled ‘Drink in Design’, with a range of creatives who will talk you through their work and career paths.
The decade marks a historic turn in art history for photography. No longer was traditional landscape and documentary photography the same. Photography shared the spotlight with painting.
Online exhibition on the website of the PDNB Gallery.
Above: Bill Owens, Our House is Built with the Living Room in the Back, 1971.
Whitney: Art History from Home
While the Museum is temporarily closed, the Whitney is offering range of online resources and events centred around American art of the twentieth century.
Above: Ana Mendieta, Untitled (Silueta Series, Iowa), 1979.