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Mark Fox is BlackDog.
He has been described by Aaron Betsky, the former Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as “a master at the specialized task of designing logos and symbols.” Betsky states further, “His designs have the impact of early twentieth-century propaganda, the aura of medieval myth, and the thought-provoking quality of a work of critical art.”
Writing in Graphis, Ken Coupland notes Fox’s “talent for compressing the maximum amount of message into the minimum amount of acreage.” Known for having a spare but bold vision, Fox’s winning entry in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s 1993 Beaux Arts Ball was characterized by juror Michael Manwaring as “A sharp, clean blast in a roomful of frippery.”
Fox’s work has been recognized nationally and internationally in such publications as Affiche (The Netherlands), B.A.T. (France), Blueprint (England), Communication Arts (United States), Critique (United States), Graphis (Switzerland), and Novum (Germany).
His posters are included in collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich; the Poster Museum at Wilanów, Warsaw; the United States Library of Congress, Washington; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). His work has also been acquired by the Letterform Archive in San Francisco, and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) in Los Angeles. A one-man show of his political posters—“BlackDogma: Selections from the Work of Mark Fox in the Permanent Collection of Architecture + Design”—was exhibited at SFMOMA in 1999.
Fox is a Professor of Graphic Design at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco where he has taught since 1993. He served as Chair of Graphic Design at CCA on two occasions, from 2003 to 2007, and most recently from 2013 to 2014. He currently collaborates with Angie Wang at Design is Play.
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