Monday, October 2, 2017
7:00 – 9:00pm
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, New York, NY
Christoph Niemann, recipient of the 2017 Masters Series Award, discusses the illustrations, magazine covers, animations and digital works that have built his reputation as one of the most renowned creative talents in the field today. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "The Masters Series: Christoph Niemann," on view at the SVA Chelsea Gallery Saturday, September 30 through Saturday, November 4.
Niemann’s strength as an illustrator lies in his vivid and restless visual imagination, and a well-honed ability to communicate the essence of daily life, in all of its profundity and humor, with just a few concise strokes. Design writer and SVA MFA Design Co-Chair Steven Heller has praised Niemann’s work for its ability to “trigger everything from laughter to tears, while effortlessly illuminating difficult political and social issues.” In recent years, Niemann’s art has pushed beyond the boundaries of the page, as evidenced by his interactive apps, Chomp and Petting Zoo; his “augmented reality” covers for The New Yorker’s digital editions; and a recent 360-degree illustrated essay, for The New York Times, on the illustrator’s visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone.
Niemann is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale. His clients have included Google, St. Moritz, LAMY and The Museum of Modern Art, among many others. As a contributor to The New York Times, he has filed illustrated reports from the Venice Art Biennale, the Olympic Games in London and the FIFA World Cup in Brazil; in 2011, he illustrated the New York City Marathon for the paper, while also running in the race. His many books include Sunday Sketching (Abrams 2016) and Words, (GreenWillow 2016) a visual dictionary for children. In 2010 he was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall Of Fame. Earlier this year, his work was the subject of an episode of Abstract, an original Netflix documentary series on prominent creative professionals.
Christoph Niemann was born and raised in Waiblingen, Germany, and studied under noted illustrator and designer (and 2005 Masters Series honoree) Heinz Edelmann and the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. After graduating, he moved to New York City to begin his illustration career. He now lives and works in Berlin.