Eye 102 is on its way

Dear friends

Subscribers’ copies of Eye 102 have been mailed out, and we understand it reached independent magazine shops in the UK a few days ago. Some of you have even made Instagram stories to celebrate the new issue, which you can see in our highlights page.

Our latest type special, which features Thomas Huot-Marchand, Laura Meseguer, November, ‘Typographics 21’, the Nebiolo Project and 007 logo designer Joe Caroff, was printed at Pureprint under the watchful eye of Eye art director (and co-owner) Simon Esterson. The colourful cover is the result of a ‘split-duct’ technique that uses four specials for two different covers, mixed live during the print run. It’s a kind of analogue version of the variable data cover for Eye 94

Now is a good time to re-read ‘The show must go on’, the Eye 74 article about Alan Kitching and the Wrington collection of wood type, by Celia Stothard, Alan’s late wife. A new exhibition, ‘Alan Kitching / New Letterpress Prints’, opens in London this week at the Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham St., London W1T 4RJ, and runs until 14 January 2022. 

Detail of Louis MacNeice’s ‘Sunlight on the Garden’, a letterpress print by Alan Kitching on display at the Coningsby Gallery in central London.

Shows listed on our Eye Events page include ‘Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You’ (above), a Barbara Kruger retrospective at the Art Institute Chicago. (Read ‘Reputations: Barbara Kruger’ by Karrie Jacobs in Eye 5). In London there’s ‘Shaping Space’ (see Michèle Woodger’s ‘Dreamscapes in miniature’) at the Building Centre and ‘St Bride Library at 125’ (below). In New York, the Poster House has several exhibitions, covering Push Pin, Blaxploitation, LeRoy Neiman and Peter Max.

We’re very sorry that we had to postpone the promised ‘Eye IRL’ event at St Bride last Thursday (9 Dec). We were looking forward to this mix of graphic art fair, graphic design presentations and general partying, but potential attendees’ (understandable) concerns about the Omicron variant of Covid-19 prompted us to pull the plug. St Bride has refunded ticket costs of those of you who kindly bought tickets. We are planning to do the IRL event in the Spring – with a great line-up of people – so we will let you know as soon as there’s a new date.

In the meantime you can watch a YouTube recording of our non-IRL Type Tuesday ‘Eye on Type’, an Eye 102 preview featuring Thomas Huot-Marchand, Laura Meseguer (above) and November. 

Warmest wishes    
John L. Walters, editor

PS To get your hands on Eye, please contact the hard-working staff at ESco’s Eye Shop, who will be delighted to take your orders for subscriptions or single issues.

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