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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Rennie casts new light on RoSPA’s safety posters. Review of Safety First by Clare Walters
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) employed many of the best designers of the twentieth century to make its safety posters.