Bauhaus Typography at 100, Letterform Archive, 2022

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by Ellen Lupton (Author, Introduction), Rob Saunders (Foreword)

‘An unprecedented, definitive look at the school’s typography and print design, from its early expressive tendencies to the functional modernism for which it is famed today
The Bauhaus looms large as one of the most influential legacies in 20th-century graphic design. Known for its bold sans-serif typefaces, crisp asymmetrical grids and clean use of negative space, the school emerged as the forebearer of a new look–one that seized the tools of mass production in the creation of a radical new art. Today, just over 100 years after the Bauhaus’s opening in 1919, the school’s visual hallmarks have come to define modernity as it appears on the printed page.
The official catalogue for Letterform Archive’s inaugural gallery exhibition, Bauhaus Typography at 100 explores the school’s legacy in graphic and typographic design through artifacts of its own making–its books, magazines, course materials, product catalogues, stationery, promotional fliers and other ephemera.’

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Bauhaus Typography at 100, Letterform Archive, 2022
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Bauhaus Typography at 100, Letterform Archive, 2022
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Bauhaus Typography at 100, Letterform Archive, 2022
Bauhaus Typography at 100, Letterform Archive, 2022
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