Ark Magazine. The Journal Of The Royal College Of Art. (Volumes 1 – 17)

Artist(s): Various
Format: paperback
Year published: 1950-1956
Publisher: Royal College of Art
Publisher Location: London
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout


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ARK, a style and design journal created by RCA students, was part of an era of cultural transformation across fashion, film, television, advertising, newspapers and magazines. Such was the stature of ARK that it drew contributions from creative luminaries including Ralph Rumney, Lucio Fontana, Alison and Peter Smithson, Toni del Renzio and Reyner Banham.

In his preface, Rick Poynor describes this influence:

‘…ARK has become a vivid historical document. It records, narrates, evokes and recalls its moment (or succession of moments) with energy, eloquence and insight. There were other contemporary British magazines about visual subjects with elements of content or design in common – Motif, Typographica, the short-lived Uppercase, even The Architectural Review – but…none of them could match ARK’s twists and turns, its visual conceits and coups de théâtre, or its eclecticism of content during its heyday from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s.’

Complete run of the first seventeen volumes which were published in an oblong format .

Very good condition


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