Norman Ives: Constructions & Reconstructions

September 7th - October 23rd

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at UMass Dartmouth is proud to present Norman Ives: Constructions & Reconstructions, a major exhibition of his work as artist and designer. The exhibition presents examples of Ives’s work beginning in 1951 until his death in 1978. Some of his early works are shown for the first time.

Ives was a pioneer in using type and letterforms as primary subjects for his designs,” noted renowned author and designer Steven Heller. “Ives’s work was continually evolving as he created paintings, collages, prints, bas-reliefs and murals. His symbols communicate with nuance and clear ideas. His innovations revolutionized the field of graphic design. This is the work of a modern master.”

A selection of five screen prints is available for purchase through the Norman Ives store. Click here for more information.

The Norman S. Ives Foundation has produced a series of five prints from high-res scans of Ives’s original screen prints. All are archival pigment prints made on archival rag paper and stamped with the Foundation symbol. Surface and tonality closely match the original. Proceeds raised from the sale of prints are used by the Foundation for maintenance and conservation of the archive.

Norman Ives: Constructions & Reconstructions is an in-depth chronicle of the spirit and genius of master fine artist and renowned graphic designer Norman Ives. This book introduces unseen treasures showcasing the brilliant variety and vitality of his work. It fully defines Ives’s signature use of letterform fragments. These became the lyrical strokes of his abstract constructions and reconstructions. The book is in itself a work of art.