Please Make This Look Nice
Design, lecture, and micro-exhibit participants include: Erik Carter, Pablo Delcan, Frank DeRose, Stephen Doyle, Elliott Earls, Experimental Jetset, John Gall, Carin Goldberg, Karlssonwilker [Hjalti Karlsson + Jan Wilker], Eric Ku, Sue Lee, Alex Merto, Paul Sahre, Paula Scher, Small Stuff [Joe Marianek + Dinah Fried], Alex Stikeleather, and Zipeng Zhu!
For Please Make This Look Nice: The Graphic Design Process as an Act of Drawing a simulated studio will be installed in The Drawing Center’s Lab gallery. Throughout the course of the show, a select group of professionals from throughout New York’s vibrant graphic design community will be invited to work on unique and original design assignments and in a variety of formats and media including typography, logos, books, posters, motion, editorial, and more. All work will be printed, displayed, and projected for the exhibition audience to view, discuss, and engage with directly.
This exhibition looks to expand the general and most basic understand of graphic design by turning attention away from finished design solutions—the “what” of graphic design—to consider the “how” and “why,” focusing on the myriad techniques and methodologies involved in the graphic design process, including writing, traditional drawing, photography, prototyping, assemblage, collage, and collecting. Rather than pointing to individual pieces in a designer’s archive as specific works of “process drawing,” Please Make This Look Nice considers the whole graphic design process itself as an act of drawing. As Milton Glaser explains in an interview for the related publication: “Drawing is a feedback mechanism to adjust your thinking. It’s a way of seeing whether what you’re thinking can become manifest.”
Curated by Peter Ahlberg, principal of AHL&CO and faculty at the School of Visual Arts, New York.
IN THE LAB
Design professionals from throughout New York’s vibrant graphic design community will be working on unique and original design assignments in a variety of formats and media including typography, posters, 3D, motion, books, and more.
Designers participating include Erik Carter, Pablo Delcan, Elliott Earls, Carin Goldberg, Eric Ku, Sue Lee, Alex Merto, Small Stuff [Joe Marianek + Dinah Fried], Alex Stikeleather, and Zipeng Zhu.
See work by the following designers:
Friday, February 19 – Friday. February 26
Select historical and archival materials from The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography
Saturday, February 27 – Thursday, March 3
John Gall, Collage materials & sketchbooks
Friday, March 4 – Sunday, March 13
Experimental Jetset, Preparatory drawings, prints, models, and photography
Wednesday, March 16 – Sunday, March 20
Paul Sahre, Screenprint make-readys
Upcoming Free Events:
Sunday, February 21, 3-5PM Screening + Q&A
Thursday, February 25, 6PM Lecture
Friday, February 26, 4PM Talk
Thursday, March 3, 6PM Collage-Making
Wednesday, March 16, 6PM Book Launch and Closing Reception
Thursday, March 17, 6:30PM Talk
Saturday, March 19, 2PM Walkthrough
Image: Studio wall. Photo by AHL&CO.
Drawing Dialogues: The Sol LeWitt Collection
Sol LeWitt’s status as one of the greatest American artists of the past half century is well established. What is less known is that LeWitt was also an avid collector who amassed during his lifetime an extraordinary ensemble of over seven thousand pieces by approximately seven hundred and fifty artists. The majority represent LeWitt’s friends and peers whom he admired and encouraged through purchase, exchange, and gifts; but the collection also reaches backwards and forwards in time to embrace art from other periods and cultures. The LeWitt collection is a remarkable example of an artist’s extraordinary curiosity and generosity, as well as a portrait of artistic developments in the 1960s and 70s, when European and American conceptual and minimal art came into their own. Indeed, the collection can be viewed as a lived archive of the world in which LeWitt moved and worked, even as it examines the possibilities for conceptual art across media, disciplines, and time periods.
It is this expansive vision that Drawing Dialogues: The Sol LeWitt Collection will explore through the lens of drawing specifically. The LeWitt collection contains (and the exhibition will show) classic examples of conceptual drawing from the movement’s key players like Mel Bochner and Hanne Darboven but it also includes work by artists such as Alighiero Boetti, Jan Dibbets, Eva Hesse, and Kazuko Miyamoto that investigates the parameters of mark-making in unexpected materials and formats. In addition, the exhibition will feature contributions by older artists whose methods inspired LeWitt’s own approach and younger artists whose work resonates with an earlier generation while extending the medium in new directions. Presenting over a hundred works by more than sixty artists in drawing, sculpture, photography, and installation, Drawing Dialogues: The Sol LeWitt Collection will re-examine conceptual art and the parameters of the drawn medium through the organizing lens of one of its greatest practitioners.
Curated by Claire Gilman, Senior Curator of The Drawing Center, and Béatrice Gross, Guest Curator.
Drawing Dialogues: The Sol LeWitt Collection is made possible by the support of Marian Goodman Gallery; Agnes Gund; Wynn and Sally Kramarsky; the Kraus Family Foundation; Mickey Cartin; Christie’s; the Evelyn Toll Family Foundation; Kathleen Irvin Loughlin; Steve Henry; William and Donna Acquavella; Gabriella de Ferrari; Tony and Gail Ganz; Rhona Hoffman Gallery; Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron; Leon B. and Cynthia H. Polsky; Emily Rauh Pulitzer; Richard Roth; Michael & Nancy Rosen Blackwood; and Pat Steir.
Image: Alighiero Boetti, Per Sol, Carol, Sofia, Eva LeWitt, Oggi il nono giorno nono mese dell'anno mille novecento ottantotto,1988. Embroidery on fabric. 57 x 55 inches. LeWitt Collection, Chester, CT.
2016 Prix Canson
The Prix Canson, one of the most prestigious annual drawing prizes in the world, is partnering with The Drawing Center to exhibit the works of their 2016 finalists from June 20 through July 1, 2016. Canson® and The Drawing Center are linked by their shared passion for drawing and by their ambition to promote art to wide and diverse audiences. Past Prix Canson exhibitions have been held in major museums and galleries in Paris and Barcelona. Previous winners of the Prix Canson have been: Fabien Mérelle (2010), Ronald Cornelissen (2011), Virginia Chihota (2013), and Simon Evans (2014). These winners represent the best artists today worldwide who are working with drawing. The Prix Canson president for 2016 is the world-renowned Brazilian artist Tunga. He will be joined by a jury of top museum directors, curators, and collectors in the art world. During the Prix Canson exhibition at The Drawing Center, Canson® will host a series of talks, presentations, and events with the finalists for the public and press. As well, Canson® will also create a special pop-up shop in The Drawing Center’s bookstore featuring one-of-kind items, specialty paper, and a wide selection of their artist sketch books.