Reviews

29 December 2016

Moments captured

Moments captured

Edward Ardizzone’s humanity comes to the fore in a new monograph, and a retrospective at London’s House of Illustration. Review by Clare Walters
Edward Ardizzone (1900-79) was one of the foremost and most prolific artists of mid-twentieth century Britain, writes Clare Walters. His contemporaries included Edward Bawden, Pearl Binder, Eric Ravilious and John Piper – the latter two of whom were, like Ardizzone, official war artists during the Second World War.

16 December 2016

Eye of Bamako

Eye of Bamako

Malick Sidibé’s photography captured the energy, joy and hope of post-colonial Mali. Review by Mariam Dembele
Malian photographer Malick Sidibé was known as the ‘Eye of Bamako’, writes Mariam Dembele.

13 December 2016

String theory

String theory

Experience is both a book about design and a design experience – with bits of string and a heat-sensitive cover. Review by John O’Reilly
The word ‘Experience’ runs diagonally across a heat sensitive cover, writes John O’Reilly.

17 November 2016

Survival guide

Survival guide

At Firstsite in Essex, Gee Vaucher’s ‘Introspective’ covers a long career spent tackling political and social issues that are more urgent than ever.By Nigel Ball
When I was a teenage punk in the early 1980s it would have seemed inconceivable that Gee Vaucher’s artwork might ever grace the walls of a gallery, let alone the front page of a daily newspaper, writes Nigel Ball.

11 November 2016

Offset Sheffield 2016: day two

Offset Sheffield 2016: day two

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Florence Blanchard, LEGO, Shane Griffin, Ben Bos, Laura Carlin, Sabrina Bongiovanni, TDR, Cat Powell, Morag Myerscough & Droga5 in Sheffield
The second of two reports from Offset Sheffield … written by final-year students at Sheffield Institute of Art’s Graphic Design and Illustration course. The first day’s report can be read here.

7 November 2016

Offset Sheffield 2016: day one

Offset Sheffield 2016: day one

Offset’s first Sheffield conference bought together artists and designers for two days of engaging presentations and lively panel discussions
Last month, a host of speakers from across the design industry came to present their work for Offset Sheffield 2016. Here we publish the first of two reports … written by final-year students at Sheffield Institute of Art’s Graphic Design and Illustration course.

24 October 2016

Human rights by any other name

Human rights by any other name

This poster exhibition is a powerful statement about women as global agents of social change. Marika Preziuso reviews ‘Women’s Rights are Human Rights’ in Boston
The exhibition ‘Women’s Rights are Human Rights’ aims to inform international public opinion on all the important intersections between women’s rights and human rights, writes Marika Preziuso.

10 October 2016

Books received #23

Books received #23

When War is Over, Drawn in Stereo, George McGovern & The Democratic Insurgents, The Big Adventure of a Little Line and Money
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks … each reviewed in no more than 140 characters.

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?
 
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