6 — 16 May 2015


Pushing the Envelope
An exhibition of illustrated envelopes from around the world celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Penny Black stamp.
House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross London N1C 4BH, UK

Above: Illustration by Eda Akaltan.

6 May 2015

David Gentleman on postage stamp design
Talk, 7:00-9:00pm, tickets available here.
House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH, UK

See ‘Reputations: David Gentleman’ in Eye 78.

5 — 9 May 2015

2 May — 1 August 2015

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Francois Morellet: Dash Dash Dash
Blain Southern, Potsdamer Straße 77-87, 10785 Berlin, Germany

2 May — 1 November 2015


The Alice Look

V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA, UK

Above: Julia Margaret Cameron, Paul and Virginia, 1864. Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

to 9 May 2015


Melinda Gebbie: What is the Female Gaze?
The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD, UK

to 10 May 2015


Ladybird by Design
De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill, East Sussex TN40 1DP, UK

See ‘Watch with mother’ on the Eye blog.

Featured illustrators include Charles Tunnicliffe, Harry Wingfield (above), Martin Aitchison, Eric Winter, Robert Lumley, John Berry and Robert Ayton.

See the article ‘Mystery and clarity’ by Adrian Shaughnessy in Eye 52 (below), ‘Handy hardback memories’ in Eye 66 and ‘Learning from Ladybird’ in Eye 89.




to 16 May 2015

I could see clearly he had nothing to say

Glen Baxter: Tofu Walk With Me
Flowers Gallery, 21 Cork Street, London, W1S 3LZ, UK

Above: Glen Baxter, I could see clearly he had nothing to say, 2014.

to 17 May 2015


Postmodernism 1980-1995
Design Museum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23, 00130, Helsinki, Finland

to 17 May 2015

Bite Your Tongue

Leon Golub: Bite Your Tongue
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA, UK

Above: Leon Golub, Bite Your Tongue, New York, 2001.

See ‘Cut canvas’ on the Eye blog. 

to 17 May 2015

Paul Strand – Photography and Film for the 20th Century
A retrospective of the modernist’s film and photography.
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Grüzenstrasse 44 + 45, CH-8400 Winterthur, Zürich, Switzerland

to 17 May 2015

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Institute of Contemporary Art, Fox Reading Room, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH, UK

Above: Private view card for Francis Bacon, ICA, 1955. Photo: Mark Blower.

to 23 May 2015


S.d.Ch: A Makeshift Imitatio Christi
DIVUS, Enclave 5, 50 Resolution Way, London SE8 4AL, UK

to 23 May 2015

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Chris Levine: The Geometry of Truth
The Fine Art Society Contemporary 148 New Bond Street, London, W1S 2JT, UK

See ‘I’ve seen that face before’ and ‘Picturing Ma’am’ on the Eye blog.

to 24 May 2015


Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s
Victoria and Albert museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, UK

Above: Armet Francis, Self-Portrait in Mirror, London, 1964.

to 25 May 2015


StereoType: New Directions in Typography
The exhibition considers the intersection of technology and design. Designers involved include Design Studio Edhv, Oded Ezer, Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh, Alida Sayer and Dan Tobin Smith.
Boston Society of Architects, BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200
Boston, MA 02210-1024, US

to 25 May 2015


Magnificent Obsessions – The Artist as Collector
Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS, UK

Above: Album covers from the collection of Dr Lakra.

to 30 May 2015

Angie Lewin: A natural selection

The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ UK

to 7 June 2015

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Richard Diebenkorn
Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ET, UK

Above: Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park #27, 1970.

to 7 June 2015

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015
The Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW, UK

to 13 June 2015


Fabien Cappello: Streetscape
Stanley Picker Gallery, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Kingston University, Knights Park, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2QJ, UK

to 14 June 2015

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Peter Liversidge: Notes on Protesting
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX, UK

to 14 June 2015


Piero Fornasetti: La Folie Pratique
Musée des Les Arts Decoratifs, 107 rue de Rivoli, 75001, Paris, France

to 20 June 2015


Photographies de Presse retouchées de 1910 à 1970 
Galerie Argentic, 43 rue Daubenton 75005, Paris, France

See ‘The retoucher’s accidental art’ in Eye 88.

Above: Humphrey Bogart after retouching. A Columbia Pictures promotional photo by Robert Wallace Coburn for the courtroom drama Knock on Any Door (1949), directed by Nicholas Ray. 

to 21 June 2015


Forensics: the anatomy of crime
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK

to 28 June 2015


Mac Conner: A New York Life
70 original works by McCauley ‘Mac’ Conner, one of the defining illustrators of America’s golden age of advertising.
House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH, UK

Above: Mac Conner, The Man Between, courtesy of the artist.

to 28 June 2015


Born Digital
Museum of the Image, Boschstraat 22, 4811 GH Breda, The Netherlands

Above: Rosa Menkman, Glitches.

to 5 July 2015

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The Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW, UK

Above: Cover and interior from Impressions of Chairman Mao.

to 19 July 2015


All of this Belongs to You
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL, UK

Above: Design for Heerlijkheid Park, Hoogvliet, the Netherlands.

to 19 July 2015


Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
The first major European show on Alexander McQueen’s work.
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL, UK

Above: Alexander McQueen, Plato’s Atlantis, Jellyfish ensemble and Armadillo shoes, 2010. Model: Polina Kasina. © Lauren Greenfield/INSTITUTE.

to 19 July 2015

to 19 July 2015


Hattie Stewart: Adversary
House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH, UK

Above: Hattie Stewart, Lady.

to 7 August 2015


Warpaint: Alexander McQueen and Make-up
Fashion Space Gallery, 1st Floor, London Coollege of Fashion, 20 John Prince’s Street, London, W1G OBJ, UK

to 9 August 2015


The EY Exhibiton: Sonia Delaunay
Tate Britain, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG, UK

Above: Sonia Delaunay, Rhythm Colour no. 1076, 1939.

to 31 August 2015

Eric Ravilious, November 5th, 1933

The first major UK exhibition for artist Eric Ravilious, showcasing over 100 of his finest watercolour works. Curated by James Russell.
Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London SE21 7AD, UK

Above: Eric Ravilious, November 5th, 1933, Watercolour and pencil on paper, Private Collection.

See ‘Puffins on the plate’ by James Russell in Eye 85.

to 7 September 2015

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Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #307
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028-0198, US

Above: Installation of Sol LeWitt’s 1982 Wall Drawing #370: Ten Geometric Figures (including right triangle, cross, X, diamond) with three-inch parallel bands of lines in two directions.

to 13 September 2015

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Revelations: Experiments in Photography
Science Museum, Media Space, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, UK SW7 2DD, UK

Above: Carl Strüwe, Proboscis of the Hummingbird Hawk Moth, 1928.  © Carl Strüwe Archive, Bielefeld, Germany VG Bild-Kunst.

to 20 September 2015

The Institute of Sexology
The complex and often contradictory story of the study of sex, featuring contemporary artworks by Zanele Muholi, John Stezaker, Sharon Hayes and Timothy Archibald.
Wellcome Collection 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK

to 27 September 2015


What is Luxury?
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, UK

Above: Fragile Future 3, Concrete Chandelier. Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

to 28 September 2015


Platon: Service
Jablonka Galerie, Böhm Chapel, Hans-Böckler-Strasse 170, 50354 Hürth Kalschuren, Cologne, Germany

See ‘Truth to photographic materials’ in Eye 89.

Above: Platon, Sergeant Tim Johannsen and his wife, Jacquelyne Kay, in a rehabilitation unit at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., 2008. © Platon.

to 1 November 2015


Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019, US

Above: Hiroshi Ohchi, Radio, 1954.




MAY 2015

9 May 2015

Graphic Design Talk and Workshop
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street, New York, New York, 10128, USA

9 May — 12 July 2015

Work, Rest and Play
The Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW, UK

9 May — 22 November 2015


The Bridges of Graffiti
Arterminal c/o Terminal S. Basilio, Fondamenta Zattere Al Ponte Lungo, Venice, Italy

Above: Todd James, Time Waits for No One, 2013.

13 — 18 May 2015


Exploding Footnotes: Design Research in Action
School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, Second Floor, New York, US

13 May — 13 June 2015

André Kertész in Europe
An exhibition showcasing the internationally significant photography of André Kertész, including previously unpublished and unexhibited works. James Hyman Gallery 16 Savile Row, London, W1S 3PL

14 — 17 May 2015


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Firenze . Giardino Corsini . Limonaia piccola
via della Scala 115, Italy

14 May — 30 May 2016

Protect and Survive, Peter Kennard (c) IWM Art.IWM ART 15819

Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist
A retrospective of the widely influential political art of Peter Kennard.
IWM London, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ

Above: Protect and Survive, Peter Kennard (c) IWM Art.IWM ART 15819


15 — 16 May 2015

NYC: Pointed Pen
Type Camp run by Xandra Zamora and Shelley Gruendler.
Type Directors Club, 347 West 36th Street, Suite 603, New York City, NY, US

See ‘Learning on location’ in Eye 85.

17 May 2015


St Bride Foundation Wayzgoose
St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ, UK

20 May 2015


Eleanor Crow: Lettering at Faber & Faber
Part of the LX lecture series hosted by Letter Exchange.
The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT, UK

21 — 22 May 2015

What Design Can Do
An international event about the impact of design.
Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

21 — 23 May 2015

Typo Berlin
This year’s conference is themed ‘character’ and will include speakers Jon Burgerman, Tina Roth Eisenberg and Erik Kessels, among many others.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10 10557 Berlin, Germany

22 — 23 May 2015

Kitching's Concise Letterpress Workshop
A two day course exploring the fundamentals of typography, including indepth looks at the process of typesetting and letterpress printing, taught by renowned typographer Alan Kitching in his London workshop.
Additional dates for 2015: 29–30 May, 10–11 July, 4–5 & 11–12 September

23 May — 14 June 2015

Chaumont Design Graphique 2015: International Poster Competition
The annual poster design competition from Chaumont design graphique.
Chaumont design graphique

26 May — 6 June 2015


Covered – Contemporary Design Bindings
St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ, UK

26 May — 19 June 2015

Kiss FM No Free License_1

Shout Out! UK Pirate Radio in the 1980s
Institute of Contemporary Art, Fox Reading Room, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH, UK

Above: No License for Kiss FM, Written Word magazine, 1989, courtesy Gordon Mac.

28 May — 1 June 2015

Magnum Workshop
A five day workshop directed by Magnum photographers Olivia Arthur, Chien-Chi Chang and Thomas Dworzak, including mentoring, shooting and editing sessions. In conjunction with the Auckland Festival of Photography.
Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, 24 Balfour Road Parnell, Auckland, 1052 New Zealand

30 May — 11 October 2015


Jules Decrauzat – La Suisse Sportive
Fotostiftung Schweiz, Grüzenstrasse 45, CH-8400 Winterthur, Zürich, Switzerland

Above: Jules Decrauzat, Pralon, Amateur boxing champion flyweight, 1916, Keystone.


JUNE 2015

3 — 5 June 2015

Kerning Conference
Faenza, Italy

Kerning features two days of workshops (3 and 4 June) and a Conference day full of talks (5 June) by speakers from the world of digital and Web typography. Speakers include Indra Kupferschmid, Tobias Frere-Jones, Oliver Reichenstein and Laura Worthington, and there will be workshops with Francesco Franchi, Nicholas Felton and many others.

8 — 18 June 2015

Typographics Festival
A two week festival of typography workshops and events in New York City.
The Cooper Union, 30 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003 US

12 June 2015

Here 2015
It’s Nice That’s annual symposium featuring speakers Iain Tait, Scott King, Blommer Schumm, Lou Stoppard and KarlssonWilker.
Royal Geographic Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR, UK

12 June — 13 June 2015

A two day typography conference in New York City featuring talks from designers and typographers on the current state and future of type.
The Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, New York City, US

27 June — 8 July 2015

Alan Kitching, Broadside 1, 1988

Legacy of Letters 2015 with Alan Kitching
A twelve day tour taking place in Northern Italy with British designer Alan Kitching, consisting of tours around museums and libaries, talks with local letterpress printers, and a four day letterpress workshop at the Tipoteca Italiana fondazione.
Tipoteca Italiana fondazione, Via Canapificio, 3 - 31041 Cornuda (TV) Italy

Above: Alan Kitching, Broadside 1, 1988. Letter Press Print, 52.5 x 74cm.


JULY 2015

11 July — 22 November 2015


The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now
The exhibition includes brochures, banners, photographs, posters, sheet music, record covers as well as music and art from people such as pianist and painter Muhal Richard Abrams and Art Ensemble of Chicago band leader Roscoe Mitchell.
MCA Chicago, 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60611, US

4 July — 27 September 2015

Key 10

Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust
Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ET, UK

Above: Joseph Cornell, A Parrot for Juan Gris, 1953-54.

28 July — 27 September 2015

Everything is Architecture: Bau Magazine from the 60s and 70s
The first UK presentation of architectural magazine Bau: Magazine for Architecture and Urban Planning, with original issues of the influential publication on display.
Institute of Contemporary Art, Fox Reading Room, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH, UK



18 — 19 September 2015

NYC: Folded Pen
Type Camp run by Shelley Gruendler and Carol Fountain Nix.
Type Directors Club, 347 West 36th Street, Suite 603, New York City, NY, US



9 October 2015 — 10 January 2016

Design Museum: Nordic Design 1

The Century of the Child: Nordic Design and Children 1900–2014
Design Museum Gallery, 23 Korkeavuorenkatu, 00130, Helsinki, Finland

Above: Rauno Träskelin, Marimekko.

14 — 17 October 2015

ATypI 2015 São Paulo
Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP), São Paulo, Brazil

21 October 2015 — 14 February 2016


The World of Charles and Ray Eames
Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS, UK

Above: Charles and Ray Eames selecting slides. © Eames Office LLC.



15 November 2015 — 14 February 2016


Make-Believe America
The exhibition will include works by Herbert Bayer, Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and R. Buckminster Fuller, among others.
Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree Street,  Atlanta, GA 30309, US

Above: Eames World Fair.

20 November 2015 — 6 March 2016


The Westreich/Wagner Collection
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY, 10014

28 November 2015 — 14 February 2016


Julia Margaret Cameron
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, UK

Above: Julia Margaret Cameron, Paul and Virginia, 1864. Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London.