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20 December 2019
As we work steadily towards our hundredth issue, there’s a temptation to look back as well as forwards, trying to understand and document the histories of graphic design. There are welcome signs that graphic design is being taken more seriously in galleries and museums, as you can see from a glance at our Events page.
Around the world there are specialist places such as The Poster House in New York, and Amsterdam’s Stedelijk is currently showing a retrospective of work by the late Wim Crouwel. In Design Museum Gent, there’s a wide-ranging exhibition of Belgian graphic design of the postwar era curated by Sara De Bondt (see ‘A certain smile’ in Eye 80).
The latest Photo Critique, written exclusively for Eye by writer at large Rick Poynor, is ‘Among the spirits’ about The Meeting (Steidl), Nadav Kander’s new book of portraits. ‘The celebrities do bring out the best in Kander,’ writes Rick. ‘They are public figures and performers who are totally at ease in front of the camera.’ You can see some of them above: Kiera Knightley, Rebecca Hall, Barack Obama, Mark Owen and Patrick Stewart.
An exhibition of Kander’s work, ‘Nadav Kander: Portraits’, is currently on display at Flowers Gallery in London until 4 January 2020.
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