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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Graphics meet Fine Art at upcoming shows by celebrity graphic designer

If you live within striking distance of Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York City, you'll soon have an opportunity to explore the frontier where graphic design meets fine art at The Happy Show, an exhibition by internationally recognized graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister.  Born 1962 in Bregenz, Austria, but now living and working in New York City, Mr. Sagmeister is renowned for his innovative and influential use of typography and imagery, his campaigns for The Guggenheim Museum and Levis, and his album covers for the likes of Talking Heads, Lou Reed, OK Go, and The Rolling Stones.

The Happy Show comprises works in print, infographics, interactive installations, sculpture, and film, documenting the designer’s 10 years of experiments to increase his own happiness.  They include his musings on achieving happiness as a designer, ensuring his work remains a calling without deteriorating into just a job, and designing works to induce happiness in viewers.  The exhibition is coming to the Design Exchange (234 Bay Street) in Toronto from January 9 through March 3, 2013 and will travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art (250 South Grand Avenue) in Los Angeles from March 20 to June 9, 2013.  After LA, the show will travel to Chicago and Paris, with a condensed version in New York City.
Previously, The Happy Show was on display from April through August 2012 at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Philadelphia, marking Mr. Sagmeister's first museum show in the United States.  (The illustration above shows the bumblebee-coloured bus that provided a rolling advertisement for the show in Philadelphia.)