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Mathieu Lommen & Karen Polder www.karenpolder.nl

Helmut Salden Uncovered 1:1

By 10-12-2020

Helmut Salden (1910–96), a German emigré, was the most celebrated Dutch lettering artist of his time. He specialized in book jackets and within this field displayed extraordinary virtuosity and versatility. Helmut Salden Uncoverd 1:1 features a broad selection of his jacket designs from his paper archive. The material spans the years 1939 through 1970 and includes sketches for letters and camera-ready letter drawings. They are all reproduced at actual size and reveal in detail his pursuit of the ultimate form – with lots of opaque white – before the working process of Salden’s mechanical art vanished into printed perfection. The introduction of this English/German book offers new insights into Salden’s life and lettering work.

The book is initiated and made by Mathieu Lommen, design historian and curator of graphic design at the Allard Pierson institute (UvA), and Karen Polder, designer of books and exhibitions for Dutch heritage institutes and museums.

More information: www.karenpolder.nl/helmutsalden/