Opening today and until 19th May, Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life sees a career spanning over 50 years brought down to 80 key works. Taking in pieces from the 60's to the present day, this is her first ever solo London show. Working with both traditional devices such as pen and paper and creating modern graphics on the computer, her illustrations have appeared on the cover of Time and Rolling Stone as well as in adverts for Levi's and Ralph Lauren; now they will make their mark amongst the V&A's permanent collection.
Works on show include Star Girl-created in 1966 while sharing an apartment with the feminist Gloria Steinham-Birdlike Shoe (1974) pictured above, and Ode to the Statue of Liberty from 1984, one of her early computer graphics, as well as more recent pieces from 2009's Model Project and a selection of sketchbooks, ceramics and other printed publications. The large proportion of pieces are bright in colour, and all are thoughtful in execution.
A book of the same name accompanies the exhibition, edited by David Galloway and published by Abrams.