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“Is drawing dead?” A provocative question, but you are probably reading this at your computer, and perhaps the only pencil at hand is the one you chew on for comfort. Since the Renaissance, drawing has been the architect’s primary tool of expression and investigation. Now the use of digital technologies like parametric modeling and computational design have changed the way architects define and depict space. This February the Yale School of Architecture will host “Is Drawing Dead?,” a symposium that considers the present and future role of drawing in the architectural profession.
Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and Yve Ludwig have designed a poster for the event using the simple design parameters of the series of posters we’ve designed for Yale since 1998: black, white and type. Here, a broken pencil takes the form of a “Y.” And yes, the poster was originally conceived with a hand-drawn sketch.
This week filmmakers, studio executives and film fans will make their annual pilgrimage to Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the United States and one of the premier showcases for film in the world. Established in 1978, the festival is produced by the non-profit Sundance Institute, founded by the actor and director Robert Redford to discover and support independent film and artists. Noteworthy recent films like “Marcy Martha May Marlene,” “Like Crazy,” “Being Elmo” and “Another Earth” were all honored with awards at last year’s festival, and Sundance has been instrumental in launching the careers of directors like Steven Soderbergh, Darren Aronofsky and Quentin Tarantino. This year’s 10-day festival runs from January 19 through 29 in Park City and nearby Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
Pentagram’s Paula Scher and her team created the bold graphic identity for this year’s festival, organized around the theme “Look Again.” Each year Sundance invites filmmakers to alter perceptions with their films, and Redford and the marketing team at Sundance developed the “Look Again” tagline after being inspired by a quote by Henry Miller: “One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of seeing things.” The theme captures the mission of Sundance and the spirit of independent film.
Pentagram is pleased to announce that Paula Scher’s acclaimed map paintings will be presented in a new exhibition opening tonight at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York. The exhibition features both paintings and screenprints, including several works that are being shown for the first time, like Scher’s latest painting, Antarctica, pictured above. The show is Scher’s first collaboration with Wolkowitz and remains on view through February 18.
In her paintings, Scher renders information and data culled from headlines, maps and diagrams in madcap fields of hand-drawn typography. Obsessive, opinionated and more than a little personal, the maps provide an exuberant portrait of contemporary information in all its complexity and subjectivity. Scher’s new book of her paintings, MAPS, was published last fall and recently went into its second printing.
Join us for tonight’s opening at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery from 6 to 8 pm. The gallery is located at 505 West 24th Street, New York City.
Oscars, Emmys, Grammys… In our humble opinion, the best-designed—and named—award may be the Cube, the signature trophy of the Art Directors Club Annual Awards. Now in its 90th year, the ADC competition honors the best work of the year in design and advertising. For the 90th anniversary, the ADC invited Pentagram’s Paula Scher, a laureate of the ADC Hall of Fame, to design the Art Directors Club Annual 90, out now.
For the annual, Scher created playful illustrations of the iconic ADC Cube to introduce the various competition sections throughout the book’s standard format. Each section is opened by an interpretation of the category: rolling cubes for the lifetime achievement Hall of Fame award, a pattern for the Design section, a pixel-like network of cubes for Photography, monitor-like cubes for Advertising. A hand-drawn pattern of cubes appears as endpapers and debossed on the book’s cover. The annual also contains a portfolio of the 90th Cube Project, in which the ADC asked past award winners for their own interpretations of the Cube.
Looking to add a little graphic pop to your walls in the new year? Pentagram’s Eddie Opara and his team have designed The Art of Andy Warhol 2012 Calendar, a 16-month wall calendar that celebrates the work of the iconic Pop artist. The coming year marks the 25th anniversary of Warhol’s death (on February 22, 1987) and the calendar, authorized by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and published by Abrams, highlights many of the artist’s most popular and recognizable paintings, prints, drawings and collages, in combination with less familiar works.