Reviews

26 September 2016

In and out of your head

In and out of your head

‘Björk Digital’ frames the singer’s music in an intimate, uncanny experience
‘Björk Digital’ is a remarkable and intimate way to experience a collection of songs, writes Kevin J. Hunt.

22 September 2016

Coffee in NZ – an unfiltered scrapbook

Coffee in NZ – an unfiltered scrapbook

Many great projects would never exist without one person’s unreasonable obsession. Did any publisher ever think that what the world needs now is a book about the coffee houses of Wellington, 1939-79? Or commission a focus group to test it?

11 August 2016

Encore for Curtain Call

Encore for Curtain Call

Ron Arad’s Roundhouse installation is an immersive 360-degree cinema for artists’ films
Ron Arad’s Curtain Call is part art installation, part immersive cinema, writes Janet South.

28 June 2016

Forging a new society

Forging a new society

Children’s picturebooks from Soviet Russia. Clare Walters reviews A New Childhood at the House of Illustration
Anyone interested in Russian graphic design and illustration of the early twentieth century, or in the history of children’s picturebooks, will find the current exhibition at the House of Illustration fascinating, writes Clare Walters.

21 June 2016

Typeset in concrete

Typeset in concrete

Visual poetry crashes into the 21st century in all its brutal beauty. Jeremy Noel-Tod reviews The New Concrete (Hayward Publishing)
The original postwar ‘concrete poetry’ movement, with its aspiration to a utopian ‘supranational’ poetry of untranslatable symbolism, was characterised by an emphasis on type in white space: the flat material surface of ‘rigid, non-sensuous’ printed language, writes Jeremy Noel-Tod.

13 June 2016

Books received #20 (photobooks)

Books received #20 (photobooks)

Wallace’s Road Wallah, Claridge’s East End, Graham’s The Whiteness of the Whale and Connew’s Body of Work
Here are a few photobooks that have recently caught our attention … each reviewed in no more than 140 characters.

9 June 2016

Bodoni the celebrity

Bodoni the celebrity

Giambattista Bodoni was a pioneer, a polymath and a perfectionist printer. Robert Hanks reviews a new book about the man behind the typeface
Anybody with an interest in typography will have come across the name Bodoni; but the reasons for his fame are more obscure, writes Robert Hanks.

26 April 2016

Offset 2016: day two

Offset 2016: day two

Angus Hyland, Tado, Russell Mills, Assemble, Piranha Bar, Jonathan Barnbrook and GMunk. Pam Bowman and Matt Edgar continue their coverage of the Dublin conference
The beginning of the Dublin conference’s second day, Saturday 9 April, was filled with adrenalin and expectation, write Pam Bowman and Matt Edgar.

7 February 2016

Picture an orphan

Picture an orphan

What do Luke Skywalker and Oliver Twist have in common? Clare Walters reviews Drawing on Childhood at the Foundling Museum
Given the perennial struggle against war, famine, disease and poverty, it is not surprising that many myths and fairy tales feature orphans, foundlings and fostered or abandoned children – think of Romulus and Remus, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Hansel and Gretel, writes Clare Walters.

29 January 2016

Free spirit of Victorian photography

Free spirit of Victorian photography

Two London exhibitions show the pioneering work of photographer Julia Margaret Cameron
Two current exhibitions in London’s museum district celebrate the work of pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, writes Maggie Malone
 
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