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99/32/2 Exhibition catalogues (2), Contemporary Art Society, paper / metal, designed by Alistair Morrison, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1944-1945. Click to enlarge.

Contemporary Art Society exhibtion catalogues designed by Alistair Morrison

Designed
Two exhibition catalogues for the Contemporary Art Society. Both catalogues are constructed with a folded cardboard cover and inside paper type written pages.

One is the Contemporary Art Society 7th annual exhibiton and was held at the Education Gallery, Loftus Street, Sydney, on November 9-29 1945. The cover is white and printed with ameoba like shapes in grey blue and green.

The other catalogue is the Contemporary Art Society 6th annual exhibtion, on June 26 to July 14 1944. It has a blue …

Summary

Object No.

99/32/2

Object Statement

Exhibition catalogues (2), Contemporary Art Society, paper / metal, designed by Alistair Morrison, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1944-1945

Physical Description

Two exhibition catalogues for the Contemporary Art Society. Both catalogues are constructed with a folded cardboard cover and inside paper type written pages.

One is the Contemporary Art Society 7th annual exhibiton and was held at the Education Gallery, Loftus Street, Sydney, on November 9-29 1945. The cover is white and printed with ameoba like shapes in grey blue and green.

The other catalogue is the Contemporary Art Society 6th annual exhibtion, on June 26 to July 14 1944. It has a blue cover with three shapes.

Marks

The word "MORRISON" is printed on the edge of both covers.

Production

Notes

Cover designs by Alistair Morrison
Alistair Ardoch Morrison (psuedonym "Professor" Afferback Lauder), born 21 September 1911, died 15 March, 1998, Australian graphic designer, author and abstract painter.
Morrison's graphic design incorporated sophisticated early use of abstraction, for example, in the designs for the covers of the Contemporary Art Society exhibition catalogues of 1944 and 1945. In the late 1930s, he worked and exhibited in London. He was employed with fellow Australian designer, Dahl Collings in 1936 by the Bauhaus teacher Laszlo Moholy Nagy to work on the new Simpson Picadilly department store project. His work was published in several European design journals including 'Art and Industry', October 1938.
In the early 1950s, he was commissioned to design a business card and furniture label for the abstract Australian sculptor, Robert Klippel. At that time, Morrison was considered one of Australia's most accomplished typographers.
He became Chairman of the Currency Note Design Group set up as an advisory committee to assist with the design of the new Australian decimal banknotes of 1966.
As an author, he coined the term 'strine' (for the Australian language) in 1964. A compilation of his well known 'strine' publications was published by Ure Smith in 1969 titled 'Frauffly Strine Everything'.
In 1981, Al Morrison did the layout and typography for the 'Ampira Festival - Artists for Aboriginal Land Rights' poster of 1981, a project co-ordinated by his brother Guy Morrison, the journalist and playwright.
References: Whos Who in Australia 1968; Obituary, SMH April 6, 1998; 'Design in Australia 1880-1970', Michael Bogle (Craftsman House, 1998), Woman's Day and Home, June 1, 1953 p35; 'A fine Line', Geoffrey Caban (Hale & Iremonger); Encyclopedia of Australian Art, A. McCulloch; note also designer's curatorial research file.

History

Notes

Catalogues originally used to promote and document the Contemporary Art Society exhibitions. kept by the designer as a reference example of his own graphic design work.
Catalogues forwarded to Guy Morrison, Alistair Morrison's brother, after the death of Alistair Morrison by Alistair's long term companion, the painter Joan Brodsgaard for his own use or donation to the Powerhouse Museum.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Guy Morrison, 1999

Acquisition Date

12 April 1999

Cite this Object

Harvard

Contemporary Art Society exhibtion catalogues designed by Alistair Morrison 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 May 2022, <https://ma.as/166801>

Wikipedia

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