New Work: Anish Kapoor at the Royal Academy of Arts


A major solo exhibition of Anish Kapoor, one of the world’s most influential artists, opened this past weekend at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The Turner Prize-winning sculptor, known for his monumental public sculptures in cities around the world, is the first living artist to be exhibited in the entire main floor of the academy.

The visual identity for the exhibition, including posters, banners and other collateral, was designed by Harry Pearce and Associate Jason Ching in close collaboration with Anish Kapoor and the RA. Central to the identity is an image from Kapoor’s Shooting into the Corner, created by a cannon shooting red wax up against the walls and floor of the gallery space.

The exhibition remains on view until 11 December. Images of the campaign after the jump.

Designers Celebrate London in Posters at the V&A


As part of this year’s London Design Festival, Domenic Lippa worked with the Festival’s Chairman, Sir John Sorrell, in curating the London Poster Project, a poster exhibition by 20 of the leading UK graphic designers and typographers including Tom Hingston, Frith Kerr, Alan Kitching, Fuel, Jonathan Ellery and Pentagram’s own Angus Hyland. Lippa commissioned the designers to produce a poster in red and black only that celebrates London as the creative capital of the world. Each silkscreened A1 poster was produced in limited edition of 100, 50 of which are available through the website Blanka. All 20 posters can be seen in the exhibition, which opened Saturday, 19 September and remains on view through 27th September at the Sackler Centre at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Several posters after the jump.

New Work: London Design Festival 2009


The London Design Festival opened this past weekend, kicking off a week of over 163 exhibitions and 42 one-day events showcasing the city’s best in architecture, art, craft and product, graphic and digital design. For the third year running Domenic Lippa and his team have worked with the LDF to produce everything from t-shirts, bags, invitations, posters and postcards, through to the guide, signage and displays. This year’s theme of “Be Bold, Make a Statement” reflects the Festival’s stance that good design, even in difficult times, will always stand out. This year’s identity uses quotes from famous designers, including Pentagram co-founder Alan Fletcher.

This year the festival has worked closely with the V&A, which has become the hub venue and home to numerous installations, exhibitions and talks. These include a poster exhibition curated by Lippa that features work by 20 London designers, including our own Angus Hyland, and a talk by talk by New York partner Abbott Miller on the 24th.

As part of this growing annual event the team also worked on support material for the London Design Medal, as well as creating a new logo for the London Design Embassy. A look at some of the materials from this year’s program after the jump.

Preview: Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine


Throughout the past year, we have been refreshing the identity of Manhattan’s Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. Pentagram’s relationship with the Cathedral, an extraordinary New York institution, goes back ten years. We designed its previous identity in 1999. Shortly after 9/11, the Cathedral was severely damaged by fire; a painstaking seven-year restoration followed, and the interior was reopened to great acclaim last November. The updated identity, which has been slowly introduced over the past few months, builds on the success of the reopening.

Paula Scher’s Posters Exhibited in Trieste


A selection of posters designed by Paula Scher will be shown in a joint exhibition with the designer and illustrator Paul Cox opening this week in Trieste, Italy. Scher and Cox were both participants in a conference presented last month by the Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche di Urbino, which is presenting the new exhibition in collaboration with AGI. The exhibition opens this Friday, 26 June and remains on view through July 24 at Tassinari/Vetta, 16, via Gioacchino Rossini, Trieste.

New Work: Shakespeare in the Park


New York City streets are once again dressed in a new campaign for Shakespeare in the Park, the annual free performances presented by The Public Theater at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. This year’s plays include a raucous production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night starring Anne Hathaway, opening tonight, and Euripides’s tragedy The Bacchae, with a score by Philip Glass, coming in August.

As usual the two plays are largely unrelated, but one thing they have in common this year is transvestism: lead characters in both plays don drag, hence the campaign tagline “Cross-Dressing in the Park.” The posters feature a Greek sculpture accessorized with a Shakespearean rose and mustachioed with a fine calligraphic line. Designed by Paula Scher and Lisa Kitschenberg, the campaign uses elements of the Public’s refreshed identity and complements our campaign for last summer’s productions of Hamlet and Hair.

More from the campaign after the jump.

New Work: The Architectural League of New York


Many locations of U.S. industry may be moribund at the moment, but for its 2009 Beaux Arts Ball on June 6, The Architectural League of New York has chosen to celebrate at the Old American Can Factory, a bustling redeveloped canning factory in Brooklyn that houses studios for over 200 artists, designers, filmmakers and non-profit organizations. Michael Bierut and Jennifer Kinon have designed the poster and graphics for the event, which has the theme of “Manufacture.” Many of the factory’s studios will be open for the evening and guests will be able to participate in a collaborative building, binding and printing activity in a vast indoor space outfitted with machinery.

All proceeds will benefit the League’s lecture and exhibitions program. Information and tickets here. Dress code industrious!

New Work: Deutsche Kinemathek


Justus Oehler and his team continue to design for the Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen in Berlin. Their latest projects for the museum include the design of promotional campaigns for Casting a Shadow – Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film, a major exhibition about Hitchcock and his creative collaborators, and for two programs presented in conjunction with the Berlin International Film Festival: 70mm – Bigger than Life, a retrospective of movies presented in the 70mm format; and Winter adé, or After Winter Comes Spring – Films Presaging the Fall of the Wall, a special series that will screen films produced in the GDR and Eastern European countries in the 1980s, just before the collapse of the Soviet Union and the reunification of Germany. The series will travel to theaters across Germany to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.

Oehler and his team previously designed the museum’s identity and campaigns for several exhibitions.

The 70mm and Winter adé posters after the jump.

Election Day


Poster by Paula Scher and Drea Zlanabitnig.