Peter Saville: Manchester United

By Tk Published on .

Coming next month from Princeton Architectural Press: Designed by Peter Saville, a $27.50 paperback, which, for many Americans, will be as much of an artistic revelation as the excellent film 24Hour Party People, a sort of cinematic companion piece. Saville, a co-founder of Factory Records who is best known as the designer of Joy Division and New Order album covers, has plenty of other fascinating work to his credit, including fashion ads for Stella McCartney, Christian Dior and others. In his native Britain, he's a known and revered quantity; a 2002 Creative Review poll found him to be "the best graphic designer working today," as well as "the most admired person in all of the creative industries." Edited by Emily King, this is the first book to chronicle Saville's 25-year career, via a host of essays, as well as an interview with the artist, who is quite the incisive cultural observer. For example: "My generation can only see things in the context of other things that have already happened. So programmed are we by postmodern sensibility - or maybe just the end of belief - that we understand everything referentially . . . Everything is Iike something else . . . If you said, 'It's like nothing you've ever seen before,' we'd be a bit lost."
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