Frieze week is here and we’ve been working with Waddington Custot on their exhibition for this year’s Frieze Masters—a tribute to Peter Blake, for which they have recreated a section of Blake’s studio within the fair, displaying his work, collections and studio contents to highlight the human aspect of his practice. We designed a tote bag and publication to accompany the exhibition, and a set of digital adverts and assets to spread the word about the show. At Work with Peter Blake is open until 8 October.
3 October 2017
30 August 2017
Construction of the new Windermere Jetty museum is now well under way in the Lake District, and we made a site visit last week to see the progress for ourselves and work further on the signage and wayfinding, which we have designed.
APFEL have been involved in the Windermere Jetty project since its early stages, designing the brand identity for the new museum in addition to the signage and wayfinding, and it’s great to see the site and the new buildings, designed by Carmody Groarke, start to take shape. For more information about the project and the amazing collection of boats it will house once complete, take a look at the website.
9 August 2017
We have been working with David Noonan on the design of a new book to accompany his recent moving-image work ‘A Dark and Quiet Place’. His first film work for over a decade, it presents a meditation on performance and its contexts, and will be displayed at Stuart Shave/Modern Art later this year.
The softcover book will be published by Common Editions this autumn, featuring a blind embossing on the cover based on the images opposite, from an animated sequence within the film. The book’s contents include stills from the film, which we worked with Noonan to select, sequence and arrange, and a speculative fictional text responding to Noonan’s film, by writer and editor Brian Dillon.
15 June 2017
A new music theatre work, Remnants, opens this week at Print Room at the Coronet in Notting Hill. Remnants tells the story of one woman’s encounter with the aftermath of war crimes at Srebrenica, and her family’s connection to the holocaust in Bosnia fifty years before. Conceived and directed by Patrick Eakin Young, it is based on the memoir The Stone Fields by Croatian-American writer Courtney Angela Brkic, and mixes spoken word and dance Balkan folk songs, vocal arrangements and electronic soundscapes. We worked with Patrick to create a libretto for Remnants to document the text used in the work, accompanied by family photos and found imagery. The production runs until 1 July.
17 May 2017
We were commissioned last year to design the book and exhibition for Basquiat: Boom for Real, which is set to open at the Barbican Art Gallery this September. We’ve been busy over the past months researching Basquiat’s life and career, and working on our designs.
Our approach references certain visual and material qualities within Basquiat’s work in an understated way, allowing the frenetic energy and immediacy of his artworks to take centre stage. The images to the right display some of these qualities. The proportion and scale of his graffiti writing (shown above in a still from the film Downtown ‘81) influenced our choice of type for titles throughout the show; we’ve also been looking at Basquiat’s roughly-finished frames and use of found materials, which can be seen below in a photo of his exhibition at the Centre Culturel Français, Ivory Coast (1986).
The exhibition, for which we are collaborating with Carmody Groarke, opens on 21 September.
11 April 2017
Llewelyn’s, a new neighbourhood restaurant in Herne Hill, is now up and running and open for business.
The restaurant is a new venture by Alcides Gauto, formerly of the excellent Rochelle Canteen in Arnold Circus. Alcides is a long-time friend of APFEL, and we’ve got many happy memories of lunches in the sun at Rochelle Canteen—here’s to many more in his new restaurant! We designed the logo and identity for Llewelyn’s, and it was a pleasure to collaborate and be part of bringing the new restaurant to life.
Congratulations to Alcides and the team! For a peek at the menu, take a look at their Instagram feed.
1 March 2017
Over two hundred artists, writers, musicians and curators have come together to form a new coalition, Hands Off Our Revolution, to stand up against the rise of right-wing populism and intolerance that has been evident since the Brexit vote and Trump’s election victory.
The group, spearheaded by Adam Broomberg, will present a series of exhibitions and actions that confront the rise of right-wing populism in the US, Europe and elsewhere. Proceeds from their activities will go towards arts & activist causes.
We’ve worked with Adam and his regular collaborator Oliver Chanarin many times before, and were very pleased to be able to offer our support and design the microsite for the project, featuring Mark Titchner’s striking GIF header. The first Hands Off Our Revolution exhibitions will be announced later this month.
Visit the website, and get involved!
24 February 2017
Recently, we’ve been working with Asia Art Archive to design their new visual identity, and it’s very exciting to see it unveiled this week. Asia Art Archive is an independent, non-profit institution dedicated to documenting contemporary art in Asia. It holds over 70,000 records, which reflect contemporary artistic practice in Asia within an international context.
The new logo and visual identity features a system of lines, representing the connections formed between materials and ideas within the archive, and the interconnectivity of AAA’s activities. The logo uses a bespoke headline typeface designed by APFEL with exaggerated ink traps, a traditional feature of typefaces intended for use at small sizes, such as within an archive.
13 February 2017
Tate Britain’s new David Hockney retrospective has just opened—it has already broken records as Tate’s fastest-selling exhibition ever, and spans sixty years of the artist’s career. Tate have published an extensive catalogue to accompany the exhibition, which we are very proud to have designed.
The catalogue is a full-career retrospective of Hockney’s work, including over 200 images, and there are two editions: hardcover and softcover, both at 270pp. The hardcover edition has foil-blocked type on a bright orange paper; the typeface, Bureau Grot Compressed, is based on grotesques designed by Stephenson Blake in the 1800s in Sheffield, Yorkshire, the county of Hockney’s birth.
The exhibition runs until 29 May at Tate Britain before touring to the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Metropolitan Museum, New York, later this year. Be sure to pick up a copy of the catalogue if you visit!
25 January 2017
The launch of Librairie Marian Goodman took place this week at 66 rue du Temple in Le Marais, Paris. The Librairie is Marian Goodman Gallery’s second Paris-based space, and combines a street-facing bookshop with a small exhibition space, located across the street from their main premises. We’ve been working with Marian Goodman Gallery and architects OMMX on the new space: art directing the interior fit-out, creating signage for the exterior façade, and designing the packaging for the bookshop, which offers for sale a broad range of art books, exhibition catalogues, printed matter and artists’ editions.