Author Archives: James Gaddy

An Edited Interview: Designing the Portugal Arte 10 Identity

I first met Riley Hooker in the Print offices as a candidate for our New Visual Artists review last year, and since then, I’ve followed his work on consistently interesting projects: a Creative Time TV logo, the Armory Show 2009 identity, a website for Heather Culp. For the Creative Time TV project, he collaborated...

Artists Who Are Using the Vocabulary of Design

LISBON — The first biannual contemporary art festival held here in Lisbon, entitled Portugal Arte 10, is a monthlong exhibition that doubles as a major push into cultural tourism. To kick things off, the festival organizers focused on site-specific public installations to highlight the city’s topography and architecture: artists like Olaf Breuning, Martha Friedman,...

Remembering Harvey Pekar

Back in 2003, Print profiled Harvey Pekar in its July/August issue to coincide with the film version of American Splendor. Here’s an excerpt from the article, written by PictureBox publisher Dan Nadel: Pekar grew up in working-class Cleveland after World War II, the only son of Polish-Jewish immigrants. Yiddish culture and far-left politics were...

Now Viewing: R. Crumb at Portland Art Museum

R. Crumb’s interpretation of the Book of Genesis is the focus of a new exhibition at the Portland Art Museum. With 207 new black-and-white illustrations, Crumb has depicted the first book of the Old Testament in comic book form, while managing to incorporate every word from all 50 chapters of Genesis. Writing in Print,...

Lunch Break Video: Blu's "Big Bang Big Boom"

BIG BANG BIG BOOM: an unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life … and how it could probably end. Direction and animation by BLU Production and distribution by ARTSH.it Soundtrack by Andrea Martignoni Print interviewed Blu in its June 2008 issue. You can order that issue here.

Kenzo Minami

— At the end of this yet-to-be-named decade, designer Kenzo Minami wants to look forward. The visual theme of the 2000s, he tells me over coffee in the East Village, has been about looking back at the styles of the 20th century and remaking them for our own uses. But there hasn’t been anything...

Building a Better Baggie

— Scroll above to see more images MAYBE THE TOBACKY isn’t so wacky after all. A number of 2009 polls have reflected a major shift in public attitudes about marijuana legalization—on average, more than 40 percent of Americans are now in favor, the highest number on record since the Just Say No 1980s. (A...

Budor+Cule

— Scroll above to view images   Dora Budor And Maja Čule are not Siamese twins. They’re not even sisters. But last year, they applied for a workshop co-taught by designers James Victore, Jan Wilker, and Paul Sahre by sending a Photoshopped picture of the two of them attached at the waist. In their...

Technicolor Dreamcoats

“Uncle Frank, what’s existential terror?” asks a bright-eyed little girl in a recent spot for VH1’s pop-culture show Best Week Ever. She’s sitting with a small boy, both of them cross-legged, on a set that looks like a relic from a kiddie program about the family farm. Cut to Uncle Frank, standing dreamily in...

Shadow Boxer

On April 21, 1964, James Harvey, with his friend Joan Washburn, walked into New York’s Stable Gallery to see an opening for a rising artist named Andy Warhol. The show—which attracted a line around the block, despite mostly negative reviews—consisted of 400 large replicas of supermarket product boxes for brands such as Heinz, Del...