Estructura / Spain 1920-2000 / Diego Lara

This collection presents not only the work of Diego Lara (Madrid, 1946–1990) as a graphic designer but also original examples of his work as an artist and illustrator, by means of a significant number of notebooks and artist books, collages, drawings and mock-ups; works that often play a part in the development process of his graphic illustration projects.

Whilst studying history at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Universidad Complutense (studies that he never completed), Lara began to get involved in industrial design projects as well as participating in painting workshops and exhibitions by young painters. He soon, however, began to take an interest in publishing and graphic design.

In 1972 he founded, together with Mauricio d’Ors, the publishing house La Fontana Literaria, and, the following year, together with D’Ors and and Juan Antonio Molina Foix, the printer house Nostromo, a project in which he was able to develop his personal ideas in the graphic design field. At the time Lara became very active in the field of design working for publishers such as Trece de Nieve, Siglo XXI, Fundamentos, Cátedra and Turner, as well as being the graphic designer responsible for companies and institutions, such as Fundación March (1974–1982). From 1979 to 1981 he also ran, together with Gonzalo Armero, the magazine Poesía (published by the Ministry of Culture), which was a turning point in the field of cultural publications in Spain at the time.

The Diego Lara collection of Archivo Lafuente is composed of roughly 600 items, including catalogues, printed matter, invitations, books, leaflets, posters, collages, handwritten texts, printing proofs, one-off artist books (such as Untitled [1979–1989] and Untitled [1982]), sketches (such as the original sketches of the Fundación March logo [1975]), original book mock-ups, drawings and book signatures, among others.

 



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