Es Devlin

Es Devlin

The first monograph on one of the great talents of our time. An ambitious book-object encapsulating a career that has moved seamlessly between set design, sculpture, and architecture.

Description

Artist and designer Es Devlin’s outstanding works have challenged standard ideas about stagecraft and its role in society. Straddling the fields of art, opera, dance, theater, fashion, and music, her practice engenders innovative forms of kinetic sculpture. Her designs have filled millions of people with wonder: from the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics ceremonies to astonishing set designs for touring superstars, as well as opera and ballet productions in Europe’s major cities.

Es Devlin will examine the changing nature and scale of Devlin’s work—from solitary, contemplative pieces to collective, stadium-sized experiences—through extensive process work (sketches, behind-the-scenes photographs, etc.) in order to highlight and celebrate the unique breadth of her output. More than sixty projects are featured from across the globe, finishing with her design for the UK Pavilion at the Dubai Expo in 2021.

Thematic texts on Devlin’s work are interleaved with interviews with those who have worked with Devlin in the worlds of theater, opera, architecture, pop music, design, and art, including stellar names such as Sam Mendes, Bjarke Ingels, Anna Wintour, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Es Devlin is both a monograph on an incomparable talent whose work connects with popular audiences and a true source of inspiration for design professionals and students.

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Es Devlin

Author

Es Devlin is a British contemporary artist who aims to amaze people into changing their minds. She creates large-scale sculptures that combine light, music, and language in order to encourage the cognitive and behavioral shifts that are becoming ever more urgent in the context of the Climate Emergency. Her work has been displayed at Tate Modern, Serpentine, V&A, and PACE Gallery's Superblue Miami alongside a new work by James Turrell. She has created stage sculptures for Beyoncé, The Weeknd, U2, the Royal Opera House, National Theatre, La Scala, and the Met Opera as well as the 2022 Super Bowl featuring Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem.