From 1867 to 1873, Timothy O'Sullivan was the official photographer for the U.S. Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel, better known as the King Survey. His images were among the first to show the barren landscapes, prehistoric ruins, and Native Americans of the Southwest. Sixty photographs from the collection are currently on display at the Art Institue of Chicago. Malcolm Grear Designers designed the accompanying catalogue.Read More
Powerhouse Books recently published American Studies: Photographs by Jim Dow. For over forty years, Jim Dow has been traveling the rural roads of the Unites States and documenting the unique American culture that can only be found off the main highways and roads. Dow approached Malcolm Grear Designers to provide the graphic design and structure of his book.Read More
Logo lover and writer David Airey has just released his first design book geared towards the creation of visual identities. The book titled "Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities" was published by Peachpit Publishing and may be purchased through amazon.com.
Malcolm Grear Designers was asked to contribute two identities to the project (Vanderbilt University and the New Bedford Whaling Museum), which can be seen in these spreads.
On Saturday February 14, the exhibition entitled “The Photographs of Homer Page: The Guggenheim Year, New York, 1949-50” opens at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Homer Page used a 1949-50 Guggenheim fellowship to photograph New York City. Page captured this specific time and place with his unique artistic vision that was both “gritty and lyrical.”
Keith Davis, Curator of Photography at Nelson-Atkins, asked Malcolm Grear Designers to design the book that accompanies the exhibition. This 144 page cloth-covered book includes 100 tritone photographs. MGD has previously collaborated with Davis on numerous books for the Hallmark Photographic Collection, including his important series The Origins of American Photography.
For more information on the exhibition, please visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum. Read a review of the book by the Wall Street Journal.
“KNOT” by Lebanese born, New York based artist Annabel Daou opens today at the David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University. This three-part exhibition consists of twelve notebooks, a large site-oriented wall drawing, and a twelve page accordion fold take-home piece. In Daou's exhibition “she searches ... for something that is not what it seems to be, for something that IS by what it is NOT; for something that is close to nothing.”
Also opening in the List Art’s Center, “Warhol's people” highlighting the famed artist’s photograph and screenprint portraits.
Malcolm Grear Designers created the identities and signage for both exhibitions, along with the invitation and specialty artist piece for KNOT.
“KNOT” and “Warhol’s people” runs through March 8. For more information please visit the Bell Gallery site.
Sunday's "Providence Journal" featured a two page article that reviewed the art exhibition of the late Hugh Townley's work entitled, "The Wizard with Wood".
The author, Bill Van Siclen, praised Townley as having "few equals".
The exhibition, which opened October 30 and runs through December 1, is not to be missed. Malcolm Grear Designers was honored to have designed the catalogue for this exhibition.
For more information please see the previous blog entry.
Read the article in the Providence Journal.
Hugh Townley: The Wizard with Wood opens October 30 at Wheaton College's Beard & Weil Galleries. This comprehensive exhibition, spanning more than five decades, highlights Townley's extraordinary body of work: from unpainted wood sculptures (for which the artist is best known), to vibrantly colored reliefs, plywood reliefs, early ceramics, drawings in graphite and pastel, lithographs, woodcuts, and embossed relief prints. Opening nearly nine months after the artist's death, The Wizard with Wood honors Townley's unique artistic vision and imagination.
Malcolm Grear Designers was asked to design the catalogue that accompanies Townley's show. The artist's wooden pieces feel palpable in this 48 page catalogue which features 60 large-scale, color images. Malcolm Grear, a friend of the late Hugh Townley, has designed numerous catalogues and posters for the artist.
Hugh Townley’s work has been shown in 50 one-person exhibitions and nearly 100 group exhibitions. During his nearly 30 years of teaching at Brown University he was an extremely productive artist—exhibiting widely, and receiving distinguished awards and commissions. He was still planning new work and this exhibition when he died of Parkinson’s Disease February of this year.
Hugh Townley: The Wizard with Wood opens October 30 and runs through December 1, 2008.
For more information, please visit Beard & Weil Galleries.
Harry Callahan: Eleanor, which opened to much acclaim last year at the High Museum of Art is traveling to the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Opening November 7, the exhibition focuses on the photographs Callahan took of his wife of 63 years, Eleanor. Harry Callahan: Eleanor highlights over 80 images, ranging from the artist's most acclaimed images to some that have never been seen before.
Malcolm Grear Designers was selected to design the exhibition's book. Malcolm Grear, Professor Emeritus at Rhode Island School of Design, was instrumental in helping to bring Callahan to RISD in 1961.
Harry Callahan: Eleanor opens November 7, 2008.
For more information on the exhibition please visit the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design.
Elizabeth King: The Sizes of Things in the Mind's Eye opens, November 8 at the David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University. "King makes meticulously crafted objects that draw our attention to the nature of being and the interplay between life and artifice," says the director of the gallery, Jo-Ann Conklin.
Malcolm Grear Designers created the exhibition's identity, invitation, and signs/panels.
Elizabeth King: The Sizes of Things in the Mind's Eye opens on November 8 and continues until December 21. On November 7 at 5:30 pm the artist will lecture with the reception to follow.
For more information on the exhibition please visit the David Winton Bell Gallery .
Read the Providence Jounral's review of the exhibtition.
In honor of the Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art’s new Chace Center (designed by architect José Rafael Moneo), renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly created a unique, site-specific exhibition.
The exhibition, which includes over 2,000 individual glass pieces, opens Friday September 26.
Dale Chihuly, a former RISD professor and founder of its glass department, has long been associated with RISD.
Chihuly asked Malcolm Grear Designers to create this exhibition's large-format, 48 page catalogue entitled “Chihuly at RISD.” The catalogue which showcases 35 full page images, also features the work of 9 of Dale's former students, including Howard BenTré and James Carpenter. Malcolm Grear, a long-time friend of Chihuly, designed his logotype and first catalogue in the 80s.
For more information about the exhibition, please visit the RISD Museum of Art.
Graphic Design: The New Basics is a must read for those wishing to educate themselves in the arena of visual design. Published by Princeton Architectural Press and co-authored by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips, the book presents a rich and thorough examination of graphic design, “for people who want to understand graphic design in a critical, rigorous way, informed by contemporary media, theory, and software systems.”
Jennifer Cole Phillips includes a dedication to Malcolm Grear, her lifelong mentor and friend. Among the diverse span of work featured in the book are several projects by Malcolm Grear Designers, including the visual identity for Vanderbilt University (shown above).
Roger Mummert’s informative article “Where Greek Ideals Meet New England Charm,” profiles several Athenaeum libraries in the New England region including the Providence Athenaeum.
Click here to read the article. Be sure to check out their slide show.
Malcolm Grear Designers designed the Providence Athenaeum’s recent publication Inquire Within: A Social History of the Providence Athenaeum since 1753 by Jane Lancaster (shown above). The 220-page book was produced as a soft-cover as well as a handsome hard-cover in a cloth-covered box.
The Origins of American Photography: From Daguerreotype to Dry-Plate, 1839–1885, written by Keith F. Davis for the Hallmark Foundation and designed by Malcolm Grear Designers is now available.Read More
The new book Graphic Design and Religion by Daniel Kantor (published by GIA Publications) features several visual identities by Malcolm Grear Designers including the Presbyterian Church (USA) and its Louisville Seminary, the Catholic News Service, and St. Mary BayView Academy.Read More
Inside/Outside: From the Basics to the Practice of Design, Second Edition by Malcolm Grear has been published by the AIGA and New Riders, an imprint of Peachpit Publishing.
Renowned artist and design legend Malcolm Grear has permanently shaped the design world with his work, lecturing, writing and teaching. This fully updated second edition of his classic bestseller, Inside/Outside: From the Basics to the Practice of Design, combines the practical with the philosophical and the concrete with the abstract. Deftly and sparingly capturing the essence of his subject matter, Grear offers unique insight into the design process with images and forms drawn from nature, typography, art and design. These examples from both his teaching (inside) and professional practice (outside) begin with design problems and illuminate the processes by which the best solutions are found. Grear skillfully bridges the gap between design theory and real-world practice.
Be sure to check out the book review by Safoura Rafeizadeh on the AIGA website.