Abstract Expressionism

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Held at London’s Royal Academy of Art in the autumn of 2016, Abstract Expressionism was the first major survey of this singular movement within American art to be exhibited since 1959. Incorporating works by Pollock, Rothko, Still, De Kooning, Newman, Kline, Smith, Guston and Gorky, the exhibition included paintings, sculptures and photography, and also acknowledged the lesser-known figures who contributed to the movement’s development.

We were commissioned to design the exhibition in collaboration with Carmody Groarke Architects. The interpretation texts and captions we designed for Abstract Expressionism display a quiet simplicity, with type set in Bauer Grotesk, a geometric contemporary sans serif, and captions printed onto heavily textured Japanese Takeo card stock. The exhibition received five-star reviews from both the Times and the Telegraph and toured to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in 2017.