Ivan Chermayeff: Cut and Paste

Category: Feature


Private View
Friday 18 July
6 – 7.30pm
Opens 10am, 19 July until 14 September
Open every day 10am – 6pm
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea

Ivan Chermayeff, son of the Pavilion architect Serge Chermayeff, is one of the most significant American graphic designers of the past 50 years, creating with his partners some enduring corporate symbols, such as Mobil and Chase Manhattan Bank. Ivan's playful drawings and collages are the focus of his first exhibition in Britain, with an installation designed by Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge and her partner Sam Chermayeff that unites three generations of a remarkable family in one place.

‘Endless inventions appear in the show, demonstrating Ivan's mastery of the terrain. The fact that almost any image can substitute for another is a fundamental precept of collage and modernism. In these transformations, a bird can become a nose, and a cancelled stamp a half-opened eye. Mastering these events is no easy task, and no one else does it better than Ivan.’ Milton Glaser

The exhibition is co-curated by Alan Powers and Jane Won, curator at the De La Warr Pavilion.