Christoph Niemann, USA

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Christoph Niemann is an artist, author and animator. His work appears regularly on the covers of The New Yorker, National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine. Christoph Niemann’s art has been subject to numerous museum retrospectives. He has drawn live from the Venice Art Biennale, the Olympic Games in London, and he has sketched the New York City Marathon — while actually running it. He created The New Yorker’s first Augmented Reality Cover as well as a hand drawn 360 degree VR animation for the magazine’s US Open issue. Clients include Hermés, Google, LAMY, and The Museum of Modern Art.

In 2010, he was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall Of Fame. He has also been awarded honours from the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the Society of Public Designers (SPD) and American Illustration. He is the author of many books, including the monograph “Sunday Sketching” (2016), “WORDS” (2016) and “Souvenir” (2017). His most recent book is “Hopes and Dreams” about a trip to meet an artistic hero in Los Angeles. With Jon Huang he created the kids’ apps PETTING ZOO and CHOMP. His work is subject of an episode of Abstract, an original Netflix series.

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    Christoph Niemann, USA (1999)

    Christoph Niemann is an artist, author and animator. His work appears regularly on the covers of The New Yorker, National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine. Christoph Niemann’s a...

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    Christoph Niemann, USA (1999)

      Christoph Niemann is an artist, author and animator. His work appears regularly on the covers of The New Yorker, National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine. Christoph Niemann’s art has been subject to numerous museum retrospectives. He has drawn live from the Venice Art Biennale, the Olympic Games in London, and he has sketched the New York City Marathon — while actually running it. He created The New Yorker’s first Augmented Reality Cover as well as a hand drawn 360 degree VR animation for the magazine’s US Open issue. Clients include Hermés, Google, LAMY, and The Museum of Modern Art.

      In 2010, he was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall Of Fame. He has also been awarded honours from the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the Society of Public Designers (SPD) and American Illustration. He is the author of many books, including the monograph “Sunday Sketching” (2016), “WORDS” (2016) and “Souvenir” (2017). His most recent book is “Hopes and Dreams” about a trip to meet an artistic hero in Los Angeles. With Jon Huang he created the kids’ apps PETTING ZOO and CHOMP. His work is subject of an episode of Abstract, an original Netflix series.

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      Hopes and Dreams

      (2018)

      • Christoph Niemann

      Abstractometer Press

      Hopes and Dreams by Christoph Niemann Designed by Ariane Spanier Artist book on a story on how artist and illustrator Christoph Niemann met David Hockney in Los Angeles.

      Souvenir

      (2017)

      • Christoph Niemann

      Diogenes, Zurich

      A collection of travel drawings, portraits and still lifes. Introduction by Philipp Keel Afterword by Christoph Niemann

      Conversations

      (2017)

      • Christoph Niemann,
      • Nicholas Blechman

      self published artist book

      Based on N. Blechman and C. Niemann’s contribution to the exhibition “Talking Pictures” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over a period of four months, the authors exchanged drawings and photos using their smart phones. Nicholas Blechman used black ink and Christoph Niemann used blue. The only rule was that the conversation be non-verbal.

      Sunday Sketching

      (2016)

      • Christoph Niemann

      Abrams Books

      The story of the book is based on a presentation Christoph gave at the 99U conference in New York. He talks about tackling the (very real and relevant) creative fears that have been a constant companion throughout his professional life: I. I’m not good enough II. My work is irrelevant and soon I’ll be broke III. I’m out of ideas

      Abstract City

      (2012)

      • Christoph Niemann

      Abrams Books

      Abstract City by Christoph Niemann Published by Abrams, New York (engl.) and Knesebeck, Munich (german) April 2012 All sixteen chapters of the Abstract City Blog, (including I LEGO N.Y., Red Eye, My Way) plus one new chapter on the creative process. Designed by Paul Sahre

      Exhibitions

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      MoMA, New York

      "Design and Violence - Coffee", 2 color silkscreen, Edition of 100 From the MoMA project “Design and Violence“. Animations in response to Yoskuke Ushigome’s“Commoditized Warfare“. The silkscreen edition was accepted into MoMA's permanent collection in 2016.