Biennials: The Exhibitions We Love to Hate

New Directions in Contemporary Art is a series of publications published by Lund Humphries. Featuring newly commissioned critical texts identifying key topics and trends in contemporary-art practice and discussing their impact in the wider art world and beyond in an accessible way.

Biennials: The Exhibitions We Love to Hate examines the proliferation of recurring large-scale international survey shows and their effects on shaping curating, the art market and globalisation as a whole.



Rafal Niemojewski


New Directions in Contemporary Art

Series Editor

Marcus Verhagen

The series design introduces a strong two-colour scheme to each entry. Bold edging on each side of the cover creates a recognisable bookshelf presence, with the colour blocks following the sheet around to flaps that reveal a full bleed contextual image on the inside cover.

Title text arrangements are playfully arranged in a ‘free space’ between the series title and author name, moving around on each publication to create visual differentiation.

WH Aldine, a typeface developed by Wolfe Hall, is used for the overall series identity. Mediaan by Dávid Molnár is used for title and body text. Both typefaces are modern interpretations of historic type styles. Pushing stylistic elements that give a contemporary feeling to the series in a legible and considered way.


130 × 200 mm






WH Aldine, Mediaan