Breathtaking book by David Stephenson and Victoria Hammond. To view many more images go to Julie Saul Gallery and be sure to click on the view images link.
Visions of Heaven: The Dome in European Architecture David Stephenson , Victoria Hammond
“There’s an ethereal magic to standing beneath a dome, neck craned, looking up at a vision of the heavens created by some long-ago figure of genius. From the Pantheon to the Hagia Sophia, the power of the dome seems transcen-dent. Photographer David Stephenson’s magnificently kaleidoscopic images of dome interiors capture this evanescent drama, and make Visions of Heaven one of the most spectacularly beautiful books we’ve ever produced.
Traveling from Italy to Spain, Turkey, England, Germany, and Russia, among other countries, and photographing churches, palaces, mosques, and synagogues from the second to the early twentieth century, Stephenson’s work amounts to a veritable typology of the cupola. His images present complex geometrical structures, rich stucco decorations, and elaborate paintings as they have never been seen before. Brilliantly calibrated exposures reveal details and colors that would otherwise remain hidden in these dimly lit spaces.”
Paula Scher is a powerhouse designer, having worked for the vernerable Pentagram for years.
“There were a couple things that really struck me when I saw the maps by Scher. The immense scale was the first thing that hit me. Between that and all the layers of information and colour it was really mesmerizing. It was one of the few times when I was drawn into the work and really just got sucked in. I didn’t spend hours with the work but I’ll definitely visit those maps again before the end of the show. I also managed to get a gallery catalogue of all the maps. Reflecting the scale of the show, the book is quite large as well. ” Quote from designnotes
I love the simplicity and bold communication behind this series. Each book has its own distinct visual, but also a very strong visual cohesiveness. Helen Yentus, the designer, stated that she wanted to “reflect the time when these books were written but also to hold on to a contemporary aesthetic that hopefully won’t feel dated in a few years.” These do have a sustainable vintage appeal to them.
The New York Times has created a slide show of their artistic Op-Ed highlights from 2007. The year’s best round-up includes work from: Harry Cambpell, Matt Rota, Edel Rodríguez, Paula Scher, Barry Blitt, Cristoph Niemann, Mike Slack, R. Kikuo Johnson, Jeffrey Smith, Raymond Verdaguer, Andrea Dezsö, Stephen Doyle, Brad Holland, Graham Romieu, Jordan Isip and Christian Northeast.