Anarchy at the museum: Punk rock meets visual art at a pair of shows at Cranbrook | METROTIMES


Cranbrook Art Museum in the NewsPress CoverageShepard FaireyToo Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986

As Cranbrook Art Museum director Andrew Blauvelt points out, the Latin root of the word "amatuer" is "love" — and that's the spirit behind two upcoming shows at the museum, which delve into the visual world of punk rock ethos. "If you're a graphic designer or nerd like I am, you'll understand punk, because it was based on amateurism, which I'm saying in a positive way," he says. That passion — raw, unbridled — is on full display at the museum. Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986 takes an early look at how the nascent musical genre presented itself, through record sleeves, fliers, posters, clothing, and more. Blauvelt points out that what we now call "culture jamming," or manipulating corporate art, was popularized by Sex Pistols designer Jamie Reid, who in turn was inspired by the Situationists in Europe. "It comes out during this time that they are making ...

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Cranbrook Art Museum launches Punk Graphics and Shepard Fairey exhibitions | ARTDAILY


Cranbrook Art Museum in the NewsPress CoverageShepard FaireyToo Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986

Sex Pistols-Young Flesh Required '79.BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH.- This summer, Cranbrook Art Museum will debut the exhibitionToo Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986, the largest exhibition of its kind exploring the unique visual language of the punk and post-punk movements from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. “Since its rebellious inception in the 1970s, punk has always exhibited very visual forms of expression,” says Director of Cranbrook Art Museum Andrew Blauvelt, who is curating the exhibition. “The energy of the movement created a powerful subcultural phenomena that transcended music to affect other fields such as visual art and design.” At the same time, the Museum will debut the original exhibition Shepard Fairey: Salad Days, 1989-1999, which considers Fairey’s first 10 years of artistic practice and its roots in the graphic language and philosophies of the punk scene. Punk’s ethos played a decisive role in the artist’s early work. “When I discovered punk rock, ...

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The graphic impact of punk on display at Cranbrook | THE VOICE


Cranbrook Art Museum in the NewsPress CoverageToo Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986

Nothin’ to do and nowhere to go? Don’t let the summer heat make you feel sedated. Running through Oct. 7, Cranbrook Art Museum debuts the exhibition “Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986,” the largest exhibition of its kind, exploring the unique visual language of the punk movement as it evolved in the United States and the United Kingdom through hundreds of its most memorable graphics — flyers, posters, albums, promotions, and ’zines. Drawn predominantly from the extensive collection of collector Andrew Krivine, “Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die” also includes a nod to the Detroit roots of punk. Robert St. Mary, a local author and music historian, helped to curate the Detroit portions of the exhibition at the request of Cranbrook Art Museum. St. Mary was asked to contribute his knowledge of the Detroit punk scene as an extension of a project he is working ...

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Cranbrook Art Museum unveils two new exhibits | THE NEWS HERALD


Cranbrook Art Museum in the NewsPress CoverageToo Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986

Image credit: Courtesy of Shepard Fairey  The Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills launches its two summer exhibitions — Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die: Punk Graphics 1976-1986 and Shepard Fairey: Salad Days 1989-1999 — on Friday, June 16, slated to run through Oct. 7. Fairey will be in town to speak on Saturday, June 16, and other special events are planned throughout the summer in conjunction with the punk exhibit. Admission is $6-$10. Call 248-645-3323 or visit cranbrookartmuseum.org.— Gary Graff

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Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk As Design at Cranbrook Art Museum | WDET


Cranbrook Art Museum in the NewsPress CoverageToo Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986

PHOTO COURTESY THE GALLERIES AT MOORE, PHILADELPHIA. PHOTO BY JOSEPH HU.Punk has invaded the Cranbrook Art Museum. The new exhibition “Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986” is open now and runs through October 7th. Cranbrook Art Museum director Andrew Blauvelt says the general arc of the exhibition starts during the minimalist days of punk design in the early 1970s before an “explosion of color” arrives with the new wave movement. “Too Fast to Live” arrives on the heels of era-centric design shows at Cranbrook in the past few years including shows focused on hippie modernism and contemporary art in NYC in the 1980s. The museum is also hosting an exhibit on iconic street artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey, who recently spoke with CultureShift about the punk music that has influenced him over the years.

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The graphic impact of punk on display at Cranbrook | THE OAKLAND PRESS


Cranbrook Art Museum in the NewsPress CoverageToo Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986

Nothin’ to do and nowhere to go? Don’t let the summer heat make you feel sedated. Running through Oct. 7, Cranbrook Art Museum debuts the exhibition “Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986,” the largest exhibition of its kind, exploring the unique visual language of the punk movement as it evolved in the United States and the United Kingdom through hundreds of its most memorable graphics — flyers, posters, albums, promotions, and ’zines. Drawn predominantly from the extensive collection of collector Andrew Krivine, “Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die” also includes a nod to the Detroit roots of punk. Robert St. Mary, a local author and music historian, helped to curate the Detroit portions of the exhibition at the request of Cranbrook Art Museum. St. Mary was asked to contribute his knowledge of the Detroit punk scene as an extension of a project he is working ...

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“Shepard Fairey” and “Punk Graphics” at Cranbrook | THE DETROIT NEWS


Cranbrook Art Museum in the NewsPress CoverageShepard FaireyToo Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986

Call Shepard Fairey the bait. Cranbrook Art Museum Director Andrew Blauvelt wanted to mount a large show on punk's influence on graphic art from the 1970s and 1980s, but worried no youngsters would show up. That's where "Shepard Fairey: Salad Days, 1989-1999" comes in, a small show that takes up one of the galleries at the end of the sprawling, visually dazzling "Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986." Both exhibitions will be up until Oct. 7.Punk performance posters fill one gallery in "Punk Graphics" at Cranbrook Art Museum. (Photo: Michael H. Hodges)"The two shows," Blauvelt said, "are linked at the hip." "Shepard was very influenced by the punk scene," he noted, adding that he needed Fairey "because I wanted to figure out a way to talk to young people" who might not connect with posters and ads for "ancient" groups like the Sex Pistols and Destroy All Monsters. So "Salad Days," which contains a range of ...

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Punk’s Deskilling Spirit Today | PRINT MAG


Cranbrook Art Museum in the NewsPress CoverageToo Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986

At the Cranbrook Art Museum’s new exhibition (June 16 – October 7) “Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986,” punk rock’s visual lexicon comes into focus. The retrospective exhibit is the largest of its kind and includes displays featuring posters, zines and everything in between from the massive collection of Andrew Krivine, who has assembled a major worldwide hoard of documentary treasures. The curator, Andrew Blauvelt, has done a masterful exhibit and catalog. In the broadsheet newspaper-format catalog for the show Blauvelt writes:Photo by Debra HolmesAs a student and a practitioner of graphic design during the punk era (and a fan of the music), I knew from firsthand experience how the movement left an indelible impression on the field and vice versa. Reflecting on this moment some forty years later, it became much clearer how punk’s transgressive spirit upended the seemingly dogmatic rules of how graphic design should look ...

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Punk Graphics, Shepard Fairey Exhibits to Debut at Cranbrook Art Museum | HOUR DETROIT


Cranbrook Art Museum in the NewsPress CoverageShepard FaireyToo Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986

BY EMMA KLUG Galleries will feature DIY-style posters, zines, and album coversPHOTO COURTESY THE GALLERIES AT MOORE, PHILADELPHIA. PHOTO BY JOSEPH HU.Following a series of exhibitions that focused on street art, Cranbrook Art Museum is now attempting to explore the cultural impact of punk and post-punk through its new exhibits Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986 and Shepard Fairey: Salad Days, 1989-1999. Paying homage to the art forms and artists that helped visually define the movement, Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die features appropriated or borrowed images, collage and montage work, as well as DIY zines and flyers. The exhibit will also take a look at how comics, the horror genre, and modern art influenced the creation of punk graphics. “Since its rebellious inception in the 1970s, punk has always exhibited very visual forms of expression,” says the Cranbrook Art Museum Director, Andrew Blauvelt, who curated the exhibitions. “The energy of ...

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Punk rock meets visual art at a pair of shows at Cranbrook | METRO TIMES


Cranbrook Art Museum in the NewsPress CoverageShepard FaireyToo Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986

By Lee DeVitoAs Cranbrook Art Museum director Andrew Blauvelt points out, the Latin root of the word "amatuer" is "love" — and that's the spirit behind two upcoming shows at the museum, which delve into the visual world of punk rock ethos. "If you're a graphic designer or nerd like I am, you'll understand punk, because it was based on amateurism, which I'm saying in a positive way," he says. That passion — raw, unbridled — is on full display at the museum. Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986 takes an early look at how the nascent musical genre presented itself, through record sleeves, fliers, posters, clothing, and more.Blauvelt points out that what we now call "culture jamming," or manipulating corporate art, was popularized by Sex Pistols designer Jamie Reid, who in turn was inspired by the Situationists in Europe. "It comes out during this time that they ...

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