Baseline covers the related areas of graphic art, multimedia, architecture and typographic design. The articles are written by internationally recognised contributors and its design and print production regularly wins major international design awards.
Welcome to Baseline issue 58, our spring issue. As usual the designs of the cover and jacket reflect some aspects of the features published here. The cover shows the numbers 50 and 8 in Lagoon, an Armenian typeface by Carolyn Puzzovio. The jacket, which doubles as poster, is a photographic collage of urban stencil characters.
The two books, which are reviewed, are essential references for any serious design library.
Paul Shaw reflects on Helmut Schmid’s homage to Emil Ruder, typographer and educator at the renowned Kunstgewerbeschule in Basle. Paul Razzell comments on David Jury’s vast 400 pages artist book reference catalogue, which presents an important record of the first biennial Codex Book Fair and Symposium, Berkeley, California.
Wistbook 008 / Edition series. 100 / Format. 3″cd and novella…
This botano-philosophical treatise is a classic of Renaissance scientific literature. Delicate, minutely detailed sketches of flora and fauna litter the pages, attesting in their exquisiteness to the wonder and beauty of a world viewed under the microscope for the first time. Accompanying the drawings are Alberic’s handwritten notes on taxonomies and classifications, designations of anatomical parts, therapeutic and practical uses, and allegorical meanings. A sober yet reverential tone is retained throughout, and the book ends with a sublime canticle praising the Divine Creator “who deigned in His Infinite Wisdom to bestow such Marvealous Complexity on even the Smallest of parts”. To read this book is to feel the lost intellectual and religious fervour of a prior age.
Private is an international review of photography and writing. This itinerant review has been offering its poetic and photographic journey since 1992. Private’s purpose is to offer a space for photographic creation and poetic or narrative writing. Each issue is themed.
As unique and special the scenes are that the photographers for this issue have chosen to focus on, the similarities (what we have in common, what we share) that can be found around the globe are striking.
Each issue has around 168 pages and includes high-quality colour reproductions of the artists’ work.
Issue 26 looks at questions of pedagogy, such as gallery education, Godard’s didacticism, Lina Bo Bardi’s exhibition displays, and through the artists Catherine Sullivan, Isidoro Valcárcel Medina and Group Material. Accompanying texts look at Hans Eijkelboom, theorisations of the event and the current Moscow art scene.