A New American Sculpture, 1914–1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach


A New American Sculpture, 1914–1945 is the first publication to situate the individual contributions of Gaston Lachaise, Robert Laurent, Elie Nadelman, and William Zorach into a compelling constellation of artists with shared aesthetic and social concerns. Although each European-born, American artist cultivated his own distinct style, their creative priorities were all deeply rooted in quiet composition, synthetic approaches to anatomy, and architectural unity of curves and volume. At a time when abstract forms were popular, Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach were all ultimately in favor of maintaining the integrity of the human body to explore modernist styles. This handsome book underscores their unrelenting search for a novel American visual tradition at the intersection of modernism, historic visual culture, and contemporary popular imagery.

Designed by Malcolm Grear Designers, production by Sandra M. Klimt, Klimt Studio, Inc., this 185-page softcover book features 82 full color plates and is accompanying the exhibition on view through May 13, 2018 at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The book is also available through the Portland Museum of Art where the exhibition originated. Edited by Andrew J. Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Associate Curator of European Art at the PMA. Essays by Eschelbacher, Michaela R. Haffner, Ronald Harvey, Shirley Reece-Hughes, and Roberta K. Tarbell. Distributed by Yale University Press.

Malcolm Grear Designers has collaborated with the Portland Museum of Art on several catalogues.


SPENCER FINCH | The Garden in the Brain, 2017


Spencer Finch: The Garden in the Brain, 2017, is a percent-for-art commission for Brown University's new Engineering Research Center. It is a series of nine interventions into the fabric of the building. Tessellations, designed by Finch, are incorporated into fretted glass, plywood paneling, ceramic tile, wood flooring, and concrete pavers throughout the building.

Artist lecture Wednesday, February 7, 4:00pm. Reception to follow. Located at the Engineering Research Center, 345 Brook Street, Providence, RI.

Malcolm Grear Designers created the promotional materials and art labels for the installation.


Llevando la Cultura: Conflicting Narratives in Mexican Art


Llevando la Cultura: Conflicting Narratives in Mexican Art, on view at the David Winton Bell Gallery January 10 – February 11. The struggle to define what it means to be Mexican in an era of rapid change and instability profoundly affected Mexican art in the twentieth century. This period was marked by international and domestic pressure to modernize that deepened economic disparity and fueled the 30 year long Mexican Revolution. The conflicting narratives infused imagery in the public sphere, as artists increasingly favored cheap, publicly accessible mediums like printmaking, photography, and murals. 

Closing reception 5:30pm, Friday, February 9, 2018.

Malcolm Grear Designers created the exhibition identity, promotional materials, and installation graphics.

 Graceila Iturbide,  Procesión, Chalma, Estado de Mexico/Chalma , 1984

Graceila Iturbide, Procesión, Chalma, Estado de Mexico/Chalma, 1984


John Udvardy Book Now Available at RISD WORKS


Professor Emeritus John Udvardy, who taught at RISD for 34 years before retiring in 2009, is now available at RISD WORKS. The book includes 450 images of John's work as well as essays, interviews, and a memoir that invites readers into his life and studio. 

Book design by Malcolm Grear Designers.


John Udvardy Book Signing at IMAGO Gallery


John Udvardy will be signing copies of his book John Udvardy, Sunday, December 10, 2:00–3:30pm at IMAGO Gallery located at 36 Market Street, Warren, RI. The book includes 450 images of John's work as well as essays, interviews, and a memoir that invites readers into his life and studio. John will be discussing the design process for his book. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase for $50 unsigned and $75 for signed copies.

John Udvardy is a distinguished sculptor, painter and educator with an extensive exhibition record throughout the United States. He is graciously donating all proceeds from the sale of the book to a new scholarship fund Imago Foundation for the Arts is establishing for area high school students who are pursuing a degree in the arts.

Book design by Malcolm Grear Designers.


The American Art Fair celebrates it's 10th Anniversary


The American Art Fair celebrates it's 10th Anniversary this year. The Fair, focused on American Art of the 19th and 20th-centuries, opened American Art Week in New York. The Fair features 17 premier art dealers, showcasing the most treasured American artists.

Malcolm Grear Designers designed their visual identity centered around the symbol which combines the upper- and lower-case A's into the form of a flag. In advance of each year's Fair, we design the invitations, brochures, exhibit guides, posters, banners, ads and more. For the 10th Anniversary we designed an anniversary lockup used on all materials including the online catalogue. This year we also designed a refresh of The American Art Fair website.  


Richard Fishman | What Remains


The David Winton Bell Gallery presents Richard Fishman What Remains, on view September 6 – October 29, 2017. What Remains includes sculpture created over the past two years and records a period of transition as the artist moved beyond his well-known Elm Tree Project. Carbon composite, which appears in his work as early as 2009, takes primacy. The elm slabs are cast in or covered over with carbon composite. While the earlier slabs retain their association with the wood surface, as time passes and the series progresses, the link to the organic is broken. The black surfaces of the large slabs are marked alternately, by the inherent pattern of carbon fiber fabric, by a sensuous and rich matte black, or—in an grouping of near-identical planks—by high-gloss surfaces that reflect and mirror light sources and viewers.

The meditative calm of the slabs finds a counterpoint in the swirling lines, thorny texture, and prickly appendages of Fishman's recent freestanding sculptures. Here the artist drapes and wraps resin-coated carbon fiber over armatures of wood or metal, creating surfaces that are stiff and shiny and twisted. Appendages protrude slightly or become spear-like.

Fishman’s experiments in art reach back to the 1960s. Since then, he has created works in a variety of materials from traditional metals to objects found in nature: stones, shells, and coral, bone and skeletons, butterflies (long before Damien Hirst), plants, and notably, over the past decade, elm wood.


Malcolm Grear Designers created the exhibition identity, promotional materials, and installation graphics.

 Photo by Ira Garber

Photo by Ira Garber


The 2017 Lasker Awards


The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2017 Lasker Awards. Long recognized as one of the most prestigious scientific and medical awards in the United States, many Lasker Award recipients later receive a Nobel Prize for their contributions to the community.

Michael N. Hall is honored with the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award for discoveries concerning the nutrient-activated TOR proteins and their central role in the metabolic control of cell growth.

John Schiller and Douglas Lowy are honored with the Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for technological advances that enabled development of HPV vaccines for prevention of cervical cancer and other tumors caused by human papillomaviruses.

Planned Parenthood is honored with the Lasker~Bloomberg Public Service Award for providing essential health services and reproductive care to millions of women for more than a century.

The Lasker Awards recognize the contributions of researchers, clinician scientists, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of human disease. The awards were presented on Friday, September 15, 2017.

Since 1995, Malcolm Grear Designers has had the privilege to work with the Lasker Foundation, designing the Lasker Awards program, along with the Foundation's identity and numerous collateral materials.


2017 Anthony Quinn Foundation Award Presented to Lin-Manuel Miranda


AQF is proud to present the 2017 Anthony Quinn Foundation Award to Lin-Manuel Miranda. Mr. Miranda's creative talents cover a wide range of artistic disciplines—including actor, playwright and composer, best known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals Hamilton and In the Heights.

Mr. Miranda is a strong believer in the importance of arts education and in a recent interview with CBS This Morning he said "I think [the arts] saved my life…it pointed me in a direction. I think my grades were good, because I wanted to be allowed to be in the school play every year. The values you learn when you’re involved in creative endeavors in school apply to the rest of your life." 

The Anthony Quinn Foundation Award was established in 2015 on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Academy Award-winning actor and life-long artist Anthony Quinn. The award was established in appreciation of Anthony Quinn’s contributions to the arts as an actor in more than 150 films, and as a talented sculptor and painter whose work continues to inspire audiences in the United States and abroad. 

Recipients are nominated by members of the Anthony Quinn Foundation Board of Directors for their dedication to the organization’s mission and belief that art, in all its forms, is essential to learning and the enrichment of the mind. They embody the artistic legacy of Anthony Quinn and inspire the next generation of artists to overcome challenges and inspire confidence in their own creative potential.

Malcolm Grear Designers designed the invitation, program, and promotional pieces for the award presentation event. The studio also designed the visual identity for the foundation and numerous posters, catalogues, invitations, and awards. 


Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time

Designed by Malcolm Grear Designers, this 232-page hardcover book accompanies the exhibition, Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time, co-organized by the George Eastman Museum and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. The book with essays by co-curators Lisa Hostetler and April Watson is published by the Hall Family Foundation in association with the Nelson-Atkins and the Eastman Museum, distributed by Yale University Press. The exhibition is on view at the George Eastman Museum from June 10 – October 22, 2017, and will be at the Nelson-Atkins Museum from December 9, 2017– April 15, 2018.

Eugene Richards (b. 1944) is a documentary photographer known for his powerful, unflinching exploration of contemporary social issues from the early 1970s to the present. This handsome book is the first comprehensive and critical look at Richards’s lifelong achievements.

Malcolm Grear Designers has collaborated with The Nelson-Atkins Museum and Keith Davis on numerous photography books in this series, most recently Multitude, Solitude: The Photographs of Dave Heath. You can purchase a copy of Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time from the George Eastman Museum and Yale University Press.


The Blackstone Park Shoreline Cleanup

One of the best ways to fight plastic pollution is to guard against it entering our waterways in the first place. The Blackstone Park Shoreline Cleanup is Saturday, April 8, 12pm. Meet at the Narragansett Boat Club, 2 River Road, Providence, RI.

Dress in clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty, and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Children under 16 should bring an adult. Trash bags and disposable gloves will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own work gloves if you have them, and your own reusable bottle of water. Please register at http://cleanup.app.rsvpify.com/.

The Blackstone Park Shoreline Cleanup is Sponsored by Save The Bay and Friends of Blackstone Park with support from the David Winton Bell Gallery, the Brown Arts Initiative, and the Narragansett Boat Club



Pierre Huyghe and Gabriel Martinez On View at the David Winton Bell Gallery

The David Winton Bell Gallery presents Pierre Huyghe | Untitled Mask and Gabriel Martinez | Mountain War Time, on view until May 28, 2017.

Pierre Huyghe is renowned for making art that challenges the conventions of the exhibition, exploring the possibilities of its dynamic experience. This exhibition is the New England premiere of his recent film Untitled (Human Mask) (2014). Set in the landscape of manmade devastation that surrounds Fukushima, Japan.

Gabriel Martinez presents a series of x-rays created from the exposure of the film to pieces of trinitite. Named after “Trinity”—the site of the first atomic weapon detonation in 1945 near Alamogordo, New Mexico—trinitite is created when an atomic bomb explodes over gypsum sands, fusing the granules into a radioactive glass. 

Conversation with Gabriel Martinez 5:30pm, Friday, March 17 at the List Art Center Auditorium. Opening reception to follow.

Malcolm Grear Designers created the exhibition identity, promotional materials, and installation graphics.


Guggenheim Museum Uses Iconic Image for Anniversary Tote Bag


The Guggenheim Museum recently approached Malcolm Grear Designers for a limited-release of the iconic image the studio created for a poster in 1969. This depiction of the museum's landmark building has been re-released to celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday and the 80th anniversary of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. This canvas tote bag is available at the Guggenheim Store.

For twenty one years, from 1969-1990, Malcolm Grear Designers designed all of the catalogues, brochures, posters, invitations, calendar of events, newsletters, stationery, gift bags, and promotional items for the Guggenheim Museum.


Chris Jordan | Message from the Gyre

The David Winton Bell Gallery and the Brown Arts Initiative presents Chris Jordan | Message from the Gyre, on view until March 24, 2017 at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. Chris Jordan focuses his and our attention to the shocking reality, difficult but important to view—the decomposing carcasses of Laysan albatross that have died from ingesting plastic. Jordan confronts us with the consequences of our lifestyle and calls on us to take action toward change. Opening reception will be held Friday, March 3 at 6:00pm in the Cohen Gallery.

Malcolm Grear Designers created the exhibition identity, promotional materials, and installation graphics.


Launch of the Lunder Institute for American Art

With Peter and Paula Lunder’s recent gift of over $100 million, including over a thousand works of art, Colby College and the Colby College Museum of Art have launched the Lunder Institute for American Art. The Lunder Institute will support scholarly research and exhibitions of American Art, and collaborative initiatives with artists, curators, scholars, students, as well as museums and art institutions across the country. This tremendous gift of art and the endowment of the Institute helps the Colby Museum reach and engage a wider, more diverse audience.

Projected on screens, emblazoned on tote bags, mugs, ads, etc., Colby unveiled the Lunder Institute’s visual identity — designed by Malcolm Grear Designers. The design of the Lunder Institute logotype provides a distinctive look for the Institute while maintaining a clear visual connection to the Colby College Museum of Art brand —also created by Malcolm Grear Designers. Our studio developed the identity for the Lunder Collection as well as print collateral pieces such as the Museum’s visitor guide, media kit, ads, etc. We designed the signs, wayfinding, and donor recognition for the Museum’s new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, each expressing elements of the overall Colby Museum brand. We also developed the branded bumper graphics for the Museum’s videos.


Signs of Good Things to Come


The Nature Conservancy RI is proud to announce that the overhaul of their statewide sign system is nearing completion. At each of The Nature Conservancy's preserves across the state, visitors will be welcomed by new entrance signs, trail maps and education panels. The system of signs, designed by Malcolm Grear Designers, creates a consistent brand presence throughout the diverse ecosystems of Rhode Island. From the Carter Preserve, to Tilllinghast Pond, Goosewing Beach, and all the preserves, people coming to enjoy these natural treasures will have a greater understanding of The Nature Conservancy of RI's role in both protecting and providing access to these areas. The education panels provide a clear point of engagement as visitors learn and decide which trails to explore. The signs are designed to blend into the natural environment and at the same time, stand out as clear and inviting “welcome mats” to all visitors. It may be surprising to some just how many lands—wooded areas, coastline, and waterways are managed by The Nature Conservancy.


Malcolm Grear Designers has developed the look of The Nature Conservancy’s brochures, annual report, trail guides, newsletter, signs and exhibits–see more.


The American Art Fair 2016

The American Art Fair celebrated its ninth year from November 18–21, 2016 at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City. Inaugurated in 2008, The American Art Fair focuses on American 19th and 20th century works and features hundreds of landscapes, portraits, still lifes, studies, and sculpture exhibited by 17 premier specialists.

Malcolm Grear Designers created the visual identity and website, and continues to design their print collateral–including brochures, invitations, posters, outdoor banners and ads.


And men turned their faces from there | Fatma Bucak

The David Winton Bell Gallery presents And men turned their faces from there | Fatma Bucak, on view until February 5, 2017. Fatma Bucak’s video performances, photographs, and installations grapple with the poetics, pragmatics, and human consequences of borders. This exhibition presents a selection of Bucak’s recent video performances alongside new works addressing media censorship, state violence, and mass migration. Opening reception and artist conversation will be held Friday, November 18 at 5:30pm in the List Art Auditorium.

Malcolm Grear Designers created the exhibition identity, promotional materials, and installation graphics.


Tiverton Public Library wins Gold in Rhode Island Monthly’s Annual Design Awards

Photo: Nat Rea

Rhode Island Monthly has announced this year’s design award recipients. The new Tiverton Public Library, designed by Union Studio Architecture and Community Design, received a gold award for its fresh approach to the notion of a “public" library. The 24,000 square-foot space includes several community spaces, a spacious children’s library, a teen library with collaborative spaces, reading rooms and public courtyards. The library has become a vital center of activity for the Tiverton community.

In collaboration with Union Studio and the Tiverton Public Library, Malcolm Grear Designers created a system of interior and exterior signs, graphics and donor recognition that greatly enhances the experience of the library. One the most engaging graphical applications is the treatment of the “glass box” entrance to the Children’s Library which displays large excerpts from some of the most popular children’s books in rows of frosted letters interspersed with colorful letters that become more numerous towards the bottom — at eye level of the youngest children that enjoy the space. The signs also employ translucent mesh, large dimensional letters, and colors and materials that complement to the building’s character. The signs, like the architecture itself, achieve a balance between recognizable, traditional motifs and unexpected contemporary interpretations.

Photo: Nat Rea

Another project that received a gold award was the Physician Assistant Learning Center at Bryant University. The new facility, designed by Lerner Ladds Bartels Architects, is integrated into one of the campus’ largest buildings, the Unistructure, connecting the new space to the existing brick structure with open views through glass curtain walls, exposed stairs, and illumination. The building features new lounges, classrooms, labs, and simulated exam rooms. Malcolm Grear Designers designed the interior and exterior signs and donor recognition in keeping with the campus sign system, which they also developed. This addition is one of many capital improvement projects that Malcolm Grear Designers has been involved with at Bryant University.