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18 October 2017
October seems to be a bumper month for London design exhibitions, with ‘Poster Girls’ at the London Transport Museum, ‘Designs on Britain’, opening tomorrow, at the Jewish Museum and Rick Poynor’s exhibition ‘National Theatre Posters’ at the NT’s Wolfson Gallery on the Southbank.
See the regularly updated Eye Events page for more exhibitions and conferences worldwide.
George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo (Bloomsbury) has won the Man Booker Prize 2017 – an annual literary award that this year was judged by Baroness Lola Young, Lila Azam Zanganeh, Sarah Hall, Tom Phillips and Colin Thubron.
Eye contributor, journalist and broadcaster Robert Hanks weighed in on the longlisted and shortlisted book covers for the Eye blog. In ‘The look of literature’, Robert assesses the selection as a snapshot of graphic design for literary fiction and in ‘And then there were six…’, he speaks to the designers whose covers wrap round the six shortlisted contenders.
Rick Poynor’s most recent Photo Critique ‘Mississippi dreaming’, written exclusively for Eyemagazine.com, looks at Alec Soth’s Sleeping by the Mississippi, a photographic journey along the Mississippi river that merges the documentary with the poetic.
Rick describes Sleeping by the Mississippi (first published in 2004, and now reissued by Mack) as having ‘the disorientated air of lucid dreaming’ and writes that Soth ‘composes with a deliberate and exacting eye, sensitive to the potential implications of every detail in the frame.’
The exhibition ‘Alec Soth: Sleeping by the Mississippi’ at London’s Beetles + Huxley gallery continues until 21 October 2017.
The Eye blog has seen a steady flow of new, interesting content in recent weeks. New Eye writer Stephen ONeill, aka Type Chap, relishes the beauty of peeling and fractured letterforms in signs on Andalucian streets in ‘Type safari in Andalucía’ and author and curator Faye Dowling talks about her new book The Book of Black in ‘Paint it blacker’. We also review Black Medicine Book, Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work, Fear, Colour and Hackney Studios in ‘Books received #29’ and published ‘Noted #84’ this morning, which looks at Tom Gauld’s literary bake-off, The genius of football, hot-metal Double Dagger 2, the smell of London and The Simoncini Method.
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John Walters, editor
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