You only have until Sunday to feast your eyes on the fantastic collection of graphic design Kemistry Galllery has brought together after leaving its Charlotte Road premises due to soaring rent prices. Popping up at Protein for just one week, ‘100 Years of Graphic Design’ takes a look back at the unrivalled array of top talent to have graced the gallery at previous shows, and marks an important step forward for the organisation as it begins its journey towards bigger and better things.
Kemistry Gallery: ‘100 Years of Graphic Design’
The walls are lined with a diverse mix of work created over the last century, with major influencers and pioneering designers including Seymour Chwast, Ken Garland and Saul Bass, placed alongside the graphic stars of today such as Jean Jullien, Geoff McFetridge, Malika Favre and Anthony Burrill. Instead of acting as a timeline, the exhibition uses colour as its curatorial tool and moves seamlessly from black and white prints through to multicoloured, punchy pieces. Highlights include a ‘Wizard of Oz’ inspired psychedelic print from Milton Glaser, the ‘Wonderground Map of London’ (1914) by MacDonald Gill, which traces London and her underground routes to keep those using the tube entertained while waiting for the somewhat unreliable transport, and a powerful poster from Adrian Johnson for last year’s Tour de France campaign.
Macdonald Gill: Wonderground Map of London
Anthony Burrill: Nothing Comes From Nowhere
David Pearson: George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four
Jean Jullien: Phone
After their stint at Protein, the Kemistry team will continue their search for a permanent premises and begin their transformation into what they hope will be the ‘National Centre for Graphic Design’. A series of other pop-up exhibitions, talks and events are in the pipeline, so keep an ear out as you won’t want to miss ‘em. Stephanie Hartman