Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Milton Glaser and Beverly Willis To Speak at 92Y

Beverly Willis has dedicated her life to architecture. Milton Glaser has dedicated his life to graphic design. Now both in their 80s and still making vital contributions in their disciplines,Willis and Glaser will discuss their expansive careers and provide inspiration to the new generation of designers.

Moderating the panel will be Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith, authors of Twenty Over Eighty: Conversations on a Lifetime in Architecture and Design. The authors will autograph copies after the discussion.

About the book: Celebrating legends of design in their ninth decades and beyond, this book includes twenty Q&As with designers and architects over the age of eighty who are/were still active in their careers at the time of interview, including Milton Glaser, Beverly Willis, Seymour Chwast, Michael Graves, Jane Thompson, Jack Lenor Larsen, Ralph Caplan, and more. On sale May 24th.

Reserve your ticket now.

Wednesday, June 15, 8pm
Buttenwieser Hall
Lexington Avenue @ 92nd Street

Friday, May 20, 2016

Two American Illustrators Exhibit in Amsterdam

Just received this notice from Hyland Mather about two American artist/illustrator’s exhibit in Amsterdam:

Andenken Gallery is very pleased to announce the solo exhibitions of two American artists; Jaime Molina (Colorado) and Adrian Landon Brooks (Texas). Both of these young artists use found materials and a neo-folk aesthetic in their contemporary and illustrative work.

The concurrent exhibitions will showcase Jaime Molina’s intensely detailed sculptures made from reclaimed wood and salvaged nails and Adrian’s detailed illustrative paintings on found wood.

Over the last 5 years, each of these artists have developed a symbolically rich and character driven pseudo-mythology that defines their work.

For Adrian, Juxtapoz magazine writes, “Adrian Landon Brooks’ drawings are beautiful and nightmarish, utilizing the simple combination of gouache and pen to create haunting illustrations of idols, icons and strange figures. These imaginings have a mysterious and powerful message, yet what that is feels slightly out of reach.”

On Jaime, Max Kaufman for Hi-Fructose magazine writes, ‘Jaime’s work has a fascinating narrative to it — this world he has created continues to become larger, and with his more recent sculptural works in the last few years, the denizens of his world are coming into the dimensional realm. These sculptures are where Jaime shines — built out of anything and everything at hand, they echo traditional folk techniques and ideas with a modern twist. It’s a great testament to using what you have, and making the best of it.’

Jaime Molina - Desolation Slang &
Adrian Landon Brooks - Miracle Worker
July 11th - July 2nd, 2016
Wednesday through Saturday, 2-6pm.
Andenken Gallery
Raamstraat 7-9

Opening Reception: Saturday June 11th, 18-21:00

Follow these artists on Instagram: Jaime Molina @cuttyup, Adrian Landon Brooks @adrianlandonbrooks

Friday, May 13, 2016

See More of Seymour

He needs no introduction, you mention his first name and you know immediately who we’re talking about. And here lately he seems to be everywhere.

There are several upcoming events featuring Seymour Chwast and a new short film that takes you inside his studio and thinking.

On Monday, May 16, as part of New York City’s Strand Book Store series Discovering Design, Chwast, along with Jack Lenor Larsen and Jane Thompson, will take part in the panel discussion Legends of New York City Design—showcasing lifelong design luminaries all in their ninth decade. These icons are included in the newly published book Twenty Over Eighty, by Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016), which will be available at the event. Tickets are available now.

Strand Book Store
828 Broadway @ 12th  Street
Rare Book Room

On Tuesday May 24, New York’s esteemed Cooper Union marks the 65th graduation anniversary of one of its most famous alumni, Seymour Chwast, who will spend an evening talking about his life as a designer, activist, and author. Joining him will be design writer Steven Heller. A reception follows the talk, and both Chwast and Heller will sign copies of their most recent books.

The free event is open to the public and takes place in Cooper Union’s Rose Auditorium starting at 6:30 p.m.

Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square, on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets

And today, the Art Directors Club (ADC) and design company COLLINS are proud to debut the exciting new ADC Design Masters film series, kicking off today with a short film featuring ADC Hall of Fame laureate Seymour Chwast. The films — conceived and produced by COLLINS — are the first in a series which will take an inside look at the lives and careers of a select group of masters whose work continues to inspire designers and creatives of all ages around the world.

And if you haven’t heard about Seymour’s new book At War With War, there’s a Kickstarter campaign going on and getting closer to its goal. Check out the pledge levels and support this book.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Seymour Chwast At War With War

Designers & Books has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish Seymour Chwast’s new book of antiwar illustrations: Seymour Chwast at War with War: An Illustrated Timeline of 5000 Years of Conquests, Invasions, and Terrorist Attacks.

Seymour turns his pen and sketchpad toward creating a new book on a subject that has been a personal obsession for nearly six decades: the fight against war, humankind's never-ending scourge.

“It’s the ongoing relentlessness of the thing. That’s the nagging notion through the years that keeps bringing me back to the subject of war.” — Seymour Chwast

Join Seymour in his fight and help publish his new book of powerful antiwar images. At War with War visualizes humanity’s 5,000-year-long state of conflict, chaos and violence on a continuous timeline. Thirty-five two-page spreads in stark black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings and woodcuts illustrate history’s most notorious battles.

To support the Kickstarter, Chwast has opened the doors to his archive, offering both new and vintage items to backers. Deadline is June 9, 2016.

Designed by Seymour Chwast
Edited by Steven Heller
Introduction by Victor Navasky, former editor and publisher of The Nation

6.6 x 9.5 inches, 88 pages, 35 original illustrations, hardcover

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Barbara Nessim: Experiments in Art
and Digital Technologies

Consulting Curator Cynthia Goodman has put together an interesting exhibit combining traditional art and new digital technologies in approaching weaving, printmaking, ceramics, painting, photography and interactive installation. It's all a part of Creative Tech Week NYC.

The exhibit includes works by Barbara, Margie Hughto, Darcy Gerbarg, Linda Law, Lia Cook and Vibeke Sorensen. The opening reception is Thursday, April 28th, 6-9pm.

April 29 thru May 8, 2016
149 W 24th Street (between 6/7th Avenue), Suite 5B
New York, New York
Monday-Wednesday, 12-6pm
Sunday 12-5pm, and by appointment


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Seven Artists Tackle Google's Tilt Brush

Walk through three-dimensional drawings by Tim O'Brien, Barry Blitt, Chip Kidd, Karen Caldicott, Sheryo, Brandon Cruz and eighth-grader, Jade Lo. Time magazine introduces seven artists to Google’s tilt brush, a program that allows users to create art in a three-dimensional virtual space using the HTC Vive virtual reality headset and controllers. Truly amazing!

Interesting to see the different approaches, Jade kills it! Produced by Josh Raab.

Monday, March 28, 2016

ICON9: July 6-9, Austin, Texas

Over four full days the ICON Illustration Conference brings you an exciting program of speakers and events reflecting the independent spirit of the Lone Star State.

The venue for ICON9 is the beautiful Austin Hilton Hotel in the heart of the city’s thriving entertainment district. The city’s bustling arts vibe, world famous music scene and Tex-Mex-infused culture makes Austin a natural destination for ICON9.

ICON brings together top illustrators, designers, educators, representatives and art buyers to explore The Future of Illustration. This year’s jam-packed four day program brings you:

Main Stage Speakers
Our ICON9 presenters include over 50 illustrators, artists and creative professionals to inform, entertain and enlighten you.

Scheduled speakers include: Selina Alko, Lilli Carré, Gemma Correll, Eleanor Davis, Henrik Drescher, Camille Rose Garcia, Anita Kunz, Roman Muradov, Moonbot Studios Virtual Tour, Melinda Beck, Kayla E (Nat Brut)., Jessica Hische, Shelly Jackson, Geoff Peveto, Svein Størksen (Magikon Forlag), Paul Windle, Alexandra Zsigmond New York Times, Sean Qualls, Julia Rothman, Martha Rich, DJ Stout (Pentagram), Michael Thompson, Jonathan Tobin On Orphan Works, Sam Weber, Calvin Wong, Kyle Webster, Ping Zhu and more to be announced.

An Education Symposium 
This two-day Main Stage event features a presentation of papers by a global selection of noted educators culminating in a round-table discussion on traditional and online learning.

Multiple Workshops 
Over 24 workshops engage attendees through lectures, studio tours and hands-on activities which run both Wednesday and Thursday. Workshop presenters include Lille Carre, Jessica Hische, Kyle Webster, Paul Windle and Julia Rothman. Registration for workshops begins in early March.

A Roadshow 
This pop-up event and marketplace showcases the work and wares of over 60 exhibiting illustrators and artisans.

ICON Director Mark Heflin spoke about tickets for the conference, “We’ve opened up our final block of tickets at the regular conference price. We do however, have a few discount opportunities for groups of six, and a couple “Two-For-One” discount tickets still available for added savings.” Order your tickets now.

Check out the complete four-day schedule.

Never been to ICON don’t miss these two videos. And photos from prior conferences.

ICON9 The Illustration Conference
July 6-9, 2016
Austin, Texas
Austin Hilton Hotel

Poster art by Eleanor Davis