Book Review: Digital Design Theory, ed. Helen Armstrong

This book aims to provide a means for digital designers to reflect upon the processes that have shaped their profession. It takes the form of an anthology of key texts, spanning a period from 1961 to the present, with informative introductions by Helen Armstrong. Throughout, design informs as well as illustrates. Keetra Dean Dixon’s visual… Read More Book Review: Digital Design Theory, ed. Helen Armstrong

Book Review: The New Curator, ed. Natasha Hoare

Aiming to answer the question ‘what is curating today?’, this new book is constructed as a series of responses. Its four sections – on curating beyond the White Cube, rethinking the Biennale model, working with institutions in a radical manner, and transcending existing boundaries – are structured around interviews with curators from all over the… Read More Book Review: The New Curator, ed. Natasha Hoare

Book Review: Modern Forms: A Subjective Atlas of 20th-Century Architecture, by Nicolas Grospierre

Nicolas Grospierre’s Atlas begins and ends with photographs of 1970s Crimean bus stops, which is telling: the architectural forms Grospierre focuses on are bold but far from grand. Many were built for the common good, and all have a purpose — or, at least, had a purpose. Some are now disused and neglected. This book… Read More Book Review: Modern Forms: A Subjective Atlas of 20th-Century Architecture, by Nicolas Grospierre

Book review: ‘Lucian Freud’ by Virginia Button

Lucian Freud’s realist portraits of figures from Kate Moss to the Queen will be familiar to many. Less so, perhaps, are a pen and ink drawing of Loch Ness from Drumnadrochit (1943), or views of the back of residential London streets (Wasteground with Houses, Paddington, 1970-2). Virginia Button’s new critical survey of Freud’s life and… Read More Book review: ‘Lucian Freud’ by Virginia Button

Book review: Nari Ward, Sun Splashed

This mid-career retrospective of Nari Ward accompanies an exhibition at the Pérez Art Museum, Miami. Sun Splashed is the largest exhibition of Ward’s work to date and the publication is correspondingly rich. Both the book and the exhibition are organised thematically rather than chronologically, allowing them to effectively engage with issues central to Ward’s practice.… Read More Book review: Nari Ward, Sun Splashed