Ivan Chermayeff, Cut and Paste

An upcoming exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion in Sussex unites the work of three generations of Chermayeffs.

Self-portrait
Self-portrait

The show focuses on the work of New York-based Ivan Chermayeff, one third of Chermayeff & Geismer & Haviv, the consultancy which created corporate identities for Mobil, Chase Manhattan and others.

Pan Am tickets
Pan Am tickets

It is being hosted in Bexhill-on-Sea’s 1930s De La Warr Pavilion, designed by Ivan’s father Serge Chermayeff.

Meanwhile Ivan’s son, Sam Chermayeff, along with his partner Johanna Mayer-Grohbrugge, has designed the exhibition.

Face collage
Face collage

The exhibition will focus on Chermayeff’s personal work, in particular his collages. It will also feature a range of his commercial designs, including 22 poster designs for museums and gallerues and identity work for Mobil, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hirshhorn Museum.

Moma bags
Moma bags

The gallery says, ‘While working for major corporations, Ivan’s greatest pleasure was to sit down with stacks of scrap paper and old envelopes and turn them into collages of imaginary beings.’

Geisha in Amsterdam, 1989
Geisha in Amsterdam, 1989

The exhibition is the first display of Ivan Chermayeff’s work in the UK. He was born in London in 1932 but emigrated to the US during World War Two and has been based there ever since.

Posters American Style, Smithsonian, 1998
Posters American Style, Smithsonian, 1998

Ivan Chermayeff, Cut and Paste, is at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex TN40, from 19 July-14 September.

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