30 October 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This event at the Victoria & Albert Museum will mark the publication of The Roundel: 100 Artists Remake a London Icon with a panel discussion chaired by Jonathan Glancey, with artists Georgina Starr and Yinka Shonibare MBE.
Refreshments will be available afterwards
Tickets available via the V&A
New Art on the Underground and Art / Books publication, The Roundel: 100 Artists Remake a London Icon presents the company’s famous logo rethought and refashioned by one hundred international artists. For more information on the publication, visit the Art / Books website
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28 Jun 2012
Artworks from 100 Years, 100 Artists, 100 Works of Art
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the symbol of London Underground and London's transport system - the 'Roundel' - Art on the Underground commissioned 100 artists to make brand new works of art inspired by the Roundel as a contemporary symbol for a world class transport system. Artists as diverse as Jeremy Deller, Sir Peter Blake, Roger Hiorns, Cornelia Parker, Yinka Shonibare, Gavin Turk, Susan Hiller, and Richard Wentworth created works based on the familiar motif, in photography or paint, drawing or print, collage or sculpture. All 100 works were on display for three weeks in London's East End. A selection is now exhibited on the Underground in a range of formats and can be seen at St James's Park, Embankment, Stanmore, Watford, Croxley, Rickmansworth, Moor Park, Northwood, Northwood Hills and Pinner stations.
The series demonstrates a contemporary vision of one of the world's most recognised brands. Reflecting upon a tradition initiated by Frank Pick in the 1920s and '30s, the artists interpreted what the 'logo for London' means to them today, employing the Roundel as a symbolic element of their works as opposed to its more frequent use as a branding mark.
A new publication, due to launch in Autumn 2012, entitled The Roundel:100 Artists Remake a London Icon, will explore the project further. Edited by Tamsin Dillon and co-editor Rebecca Bell with essays by Jonathan Glancey; Sally Shaw; Claire Dobbin and Tamsin Dillon, the publication will also contain texts written by many of the artists who offer insight into their interpretation of the Roundel. Marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of London Underground, the first ever subterranean railway, The Roundel presents the company’s famous logo rethought and refashioned by one hundred international artists.