gebr.silvestri is a Amsterdam-based design studio. We – Adrian Silvestri-Chyle and Stefan Silvestri – work as art directors and designers in two and three dimensions. We produce visual solutions in media ranging from print to online to 3D. Our projects range from brand identities and books through products to exhibition and stage design.
Following our five-year training in two- and three-dimensional design at Schule für Gestaltung St. Gallen and at Globus in St. Gallen in our native Switzerland, we both studied graphic design at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Our design studio gebr.silvestri has been in business since 1994.
We have been giving workshops in typography and the language of images at Merz Akademie in Stuttgart since 1996 and teaching at Design Academy Eindhoven since 2004. In the past we gave workshops at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Mulhouse (1998–1999) and we taught at St Joost Akademie in Breda (2002–2004).
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Art dealers Pat Hearn and Colin de Land were both legendary players – independently of each other – on the New York art scene of the 1980s and ’90s. But together they also formed one of the great love stories in the world of art.
New York-based visual communications platform xSITE invited us to collaborate on the design of a book commemorating these two legends. ‘The conditions of being art’ was the first book to examine the activities of their ground-breaking New York contemporary art galleries (Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co., respectively) and the international circle of artists, dealers and critics that surrounded them.
The book draws on the archives of both gallery owners to shed light on their distinctive artistic practices, their most significant exhibitions and events, and their day-to-day business of running an art gallery. Both Hearn and De Land championed the sort of art that challenged the business side of owning a gallery. The artists they featured employed conceptualism in the form of installations, providing both social and institutional critique.
The 296-page book that we designed in collaboration with Klaus Kempenaars of xSITE is printed in full colour on Munken Artic Volume 115 paper. Its softcover binding comes with a full-colour, gloss-laminated jacket of the same paper.
Publishers: CCS Bard (Annandale-on-Hudson); Dancing Foxes Press (Brooklyn)Text: Johanna Burton, Ann E. Butler, Jill H. Casid, Lauren Cornell, Diederich Diederichsen, Lia Gangitano, Jennifer King, Mason Leaver-Yap, Kobena Mercer, Jeannine TangPrinter: Die Keure (Bruges)