art history

Lost Designer Part I

On September 17, 1985 I received a package from Aaron Burns, President of International Typeface Corporation (ITC) in response to this query: “What designer do you believe is unfairly forgotten by design historians, who you would like to see given his or her due?” The package include a few printed pieces, including the ones...

Restore Defaults at Camel Art Space

“Yeah, it was the ’90s. Everyone danced in the ’90s,” says Tom Marquet, explaining how he met co-curator Carl Gunhouse. “Carl and I have known each other since we were in junior high school. And we kind of grew up together in the New York hardcore scene. We went to shows a lot. I...

I Cannot Tell Another Lie

Since George Washington probably never said “I cannot tell a lie,” he never had the opportunity to say “I cannot tell another lie.” But if he could, he’d probably deny being the art director of the American flag. He probably did not even commission the seamstress Betsy Ross. She was not the designer of...

Wider White Space, APFEL (Part 1)

On the California College of the Arts campus earlier this year there was an exhibition at the Wattis Institute called The Way Beyond Art: Wide White Space, which investigated how graphic design is represented in an art gallery format. The exhibition highlighted work from participants APFEL, Irma Boom, Laurenz Brunner and Julia Born, Sara...