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View of “Barbara Stauffacher Solomon,” 2019.

View of “Barbara Stauffacher Solomon,” 2019.

Barbara Stauffacher Solomon


In the span of a year, San Francisco–based designer and writer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon unveiled a new mural commissioned by the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and was the subject of a solo presentation at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Another large show, appropriately titled “Breaking All the Rules,” opens at the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center in California this month. Solomon was born in 1928, and her current West Coast visibility represents a recognition of her years of practice, the context of which is now being recalled as much as the art: notably, her move in 1956 to study graphic design at Basel’s Institut Kunst with Armin Hofmann, and her defining work in the 1960s at the Sea Ranch, a coastal community in Northern California. There, her uses of a sans serif font and immersive wall graphics—Swiss modernism

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