Peter Saville

Art of sharing (Found), 2016



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About the product 

‘Art of sharing (Found)', 2016 is the third edition by Peter Saville for House of Voltaire. The series focuses on Peter’s interest in the language forms of user-generated content. These particular phrases have been chosen for their relationship to the increasingly marginalised social experience of smoking.  

About the artist

Peter Saville’s (b. Manchester, UK, 1955) images have permeated contemporary culture. As co-founder and art director of the legendary independent label Factory Records, he was instrumental in bringing the tropes of high modernist culture to a mass audience who would never otherwise have engaged with avant-garde imagery. His radical designs, most notably for Joy Division and New Order, seemed to break all the rules, omitting information about artists or titles, fundamentally questioning modes of consumption and communication. Going on to work extensively in fashion and the cultural sector, he is credited with significantly affecting the interplay between art and design.

His recent work straddles design, art and culture and over the past decade, Saville has played a leading strategic role in the economic regeneration and cultural renaissance of his home city Manchester - as well as advising the city on perception and communication, he is an artistic advisor to the critically acclaimed Manchester International Festival.

His achievements were celebrated in The Peter Saville Show at the Design Museum in London in 2003, the exhibition then traveled to Tokyo and Manchester. His first major show in a contemporary art museum was at the Migros Museum in Zurich in 2005. In 2011 key archival works were featured in Postmodernism: Style and Subversion at the V&A Museum London and also in their subsequent exhibition 'British Design: Innovation in the Modern Age', 2012.

Together with collaborator Anna Blessmann he has presented Swing Project 1 at the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims and in 2012 Swing Project 2 at Galerie Neu, Berlin. In 2013 they participated in the Fiorucci Art Trust Volcano Extravaganza, Stromboli. In 2014 they exhibited Swing Project 3 at the Cabinet Gallery, London.

Selected shows include Paul Stolper and ICA Editions, Paul Stolper Gallery, London (2019); Summer Exhibition, Paul Stolper Gallery, London (2016); In Course of Arrangement, Anna Blessmann & Peter Saville, Paul Stolper Gallery, London (2015); On The Devolution Of Culture, Rob Tufnell, London (2014); Swing Project 3, Anna Blessmann & Peter Saville, The Cabinet Gallery, London (2014); Instructions: Tilt To and Fro, Lenticular prints from 1967 to Present, Paul Stolper Gallery, London (2013); Swing Project 2, Anna Blessmann & Peter Saville, Galerie Neu, Berlin British Design (2012); 1958-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age, V&A Museum, London (2012).

Available monographs include Designed by Peter Saville published by Frieze, 2003 and Peter Saville Estate published by J.R.P Ringier, 2007.

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